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active kids and creative kids, $100 vouchers from the Government

We all know encouraging our kids to be active is a good thing. Its good for their bodies and brains, helps them digest their food and boost their immune system, it also produces endorphins (feel good hormones) so helps them to feel positive too.

Parents benefit too, as active kids mean kids who are using up their excess energy regularly and productively and as a result are less likely to be frustrated, hyperactive or bored. Plus active kids sleep better generally too, so it’s a win win all round. But with so many extra curricular sporting actives available, often with the minimum of a term long commitment and a hefty fee to go with it, keeping our kids active can also be expensive.

With the end of the year looming there are a few incentives worth taking advantage of before December 31 if you happen to have school aged kids.

Active Kids 

With obesity rates increasing amongst children in Australia, the NSW Government’s Active Kids program, now in its second year running is encouraging families to take up more sport, fitness and recreations activities thanks to a $100 voucher eligible for all school aged children.  In it’s first year of operation 540,000 $100 vouchers were redeemed, and the program has continued to be a success in 2019 with families now eligible for up to 2 $100 vouchers per year for kids aged 4 and a half and older. The second round of $100 vouchers were available to eligible applicants from July this year and must be redeemed before the end of the year.  Vouchers can be used for a vast array of fitness and recreational activities, from dance and gymnastics to swimming lessons and soccer clubs with the Active Kids program supporting the NSW Premier’s policy to reduce overweight and obesity rates of kids in the state by 5% over 10 years.

Creative Kids 

In addition to the Active Kids Voucher, a Creative Kids Voucher is also available to school aged kids, and provides some financial incentive to enrol your kids in piano lessons, art or drama classes or even become a member of a coding club. The Creative Kids voucher is valued at $100 per calendar year and like the Active Kids voucher, any child aged between 4 and a half and eighteen is eligible provided they are enrolled in school.

All vouchers (both Active and Creative) must be used with a registered activity provider and go toward registration, participation and tuition costs for the eligible activity. To apply parents or carers can register online via My Service NSW. You'll need to sign up for an account and then follow the prompts. You’ll also need your child’s Medicare card details for identity purposes.  With only a couple of months left in the year to apply and redeem the vouchers, now is a great time to find some new classes or activites for your kids to enjoy. 

You can find our more about the Creative Kids voucher here and the Active Kids vouchers here.

Alison Gallagher is a freelance writer, resourcefulness expert and entrepreneur. She has been featured in various publications including Stellar Magazine, Australian Health and Fitness Magazine, and Cleo Magazine. Alison is particularly passionate about sharing practical tips on how to live simply, sustainably and seasonally.