Boosting budgets with before and after school care savings for families
Parents and carers of children enrolled in all primary schools in NSW will benefit from a new $155 million program for Before and After School Care (BASC) services to provide greater support and access to BASC services:
- Every family with children at a NSW primary school is eligible for one voucher per child, which will provide each child with approximately 60 sessions of free BASC.
- BASC providers will be able to register to redeem the vouchers from 7 February 2022 and parents will be able to apply for and utilise the vouchers from 28 February 2022.
- Vouchers will be delivered through Service NSW and will follow a similar premise to the current Dine and Discover Vouchers.
The $500 voucher will assist families that use BASC services by covering the parent gap fee component of their session fees as families return to work following the holidays and contemplate juggling the demands of supervising education at home while working remotely, or even foregoing paid work.
The NSW Department of Education has partnered with Service NSW to roll out the program. The vouchers for before and after school care will help alleviate some of the financial pressures on families.
Families can apply for, store and redeem their BASC vouchers via the Service NSW app, similar to Dine & Discover and other vouchers like Active Kids and First Lap.
Eligible families will receive vouchers via their app just like the Dine & Discover program with providers able to scan the QR code on the spot or use the unique voucher code to redeem.
Providers and customers can register and apply online via a MyServiceNSW account, in the app, or by visiting their nearest Service Centre.