First there were the Active Kids vouchers, and this year Creative Kids will get one of their own – and local providers couldn’t be happier.
From January 1, parents have had access to both vouchers, meaning a potential $200 towards the pursuits of each school-aged child.
The new voucher is for creative and cultural activities such as language, dance, drama, art, music, coding and more.
Rhana’s Academy of Dance is one business intending to accept the vouchers.
Principal Rhana Harley said it would provide opportunities for “a fair few kids in Gunnedah who do go without” and children who “are more creative than they are athletic”.
She offers classes in many dance forms, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern and highland.
“I’m a full supporter of children getting out and being active in whatever way they prefer,” Miss Harley said.
She said dance could be “a release” for children dealing with issues such as mental health.
“A lot of children come with baggage … and they come out of dancing feeling 20 times better.”
The vouchers are available through Service NSW, online and in person.