Building off the success of last year’s Active Kids voucher, the State Government has included an additional subsidy which will allow our young people to develop skills and engage in more activities outside the classroom.

The $100 Creative Kids Rebate and can go towards covering the cost of registration, participation or tuition feeds for any creative or cultural activities.

The cultural rebate will help the cost of living for our families, who from January 1 next year will able to access both the $100 Active Kids voucher and the $100 Creative Kids rebate, saving families with children $200 per year, per child.

The Creative Kids rebate cover cultural activities such as music lessons, language and coding classes, digital, visual and performing arts.

Our children are true winners in this year’s Budget with the Minister for Early Childhood Education and Assistant Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell announcing the Start Strong program will now include initiatives allowing rural and regional families to access cheaper preschool fees.

“Because of this funding, average daily fees for three-year-olds in community preschools are expected to drop from an average of $51 to $36, saving families up to $1,557 by 2023,” Sarah said. “As a mother to young children myself, I know how important these savings are and I am excited to welcome the first cohort of subsidised three-year-olds in February 2019.”

The program which was introduced in 2016 has already seen an enormous increase in children attending the suggested 600 hours of preschool in the year before starting primary school. Now the reduction in daily fees by almost 25 per cent will guarantee more children are enrolled.

Also, included in the 2018 State Budget was the historic commitment of $500 million to fund air conditioning in regional and rural school classrooms and libraries.

“This historic Budget announcement will ensure that we can offer the best possible conditions for learning no matter the time of year,” she said. “This investment will directly impact the success of a child’s education; it will help them perform better in exams and therefore give them a greater chance of a successful tertiary education and employment.”

This announcement – also announced by Minister Mitchell – is unprecedented and confirms that our kids wellbeing is front and centre of the Nationals agenda in Government.

For more information on the Creative Kids Rebate visit: www.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/news/100-rebate-for-creative-kids/.