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New South Wales Families To Be Given $500 Per Primary School Child To Help Ease Childcare Cost Burden

Children across New South Wales will return to school this week, with the state government announcing plans to give $500 vouchers to families for every primary school child in a bid to ease the childcare burden.

The $155 million program is revealed the day after a $1 billion economic support package for small and medium-sized businesses.

Parents will have to apply for the vouchers, which will operate in a similar way to the Dine & Discover vouchers. The application process will open from February 28th.

The vouchers are looking to cover the parent gap fee for before and after school care services, which can cost between $20-$40 with the gap being around half of this. 

“Before and After School Care (BASC) services are more important than ever as families return to work following the holidays,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

“It’s been a challenging past couple of years for parents of school-aged children. Many have had to juggle the demands of supervising their kids’ education at home while working remotely, or even forgoing paid work.

“These vouchers for before and after school care will help alleviate some of the financial pressures on NSW families and provide greater flexibility and more options for those who need to work.”