HAVE you considered getting your business or organisation involved with the Creative Kids vouchers?
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More than 100 businesses and organisations across the Central West are registered to accept the NSW Government's Creative Kids vouchers.
The $100 vouchers support kids to get creative.
Maybe you run creative activities for kids and want to make use of the scheme too?
So, what do you need to do as a business? Is it worth it? And how do you make the most of the program?
The NSW Government makes available a voucher per year for each student aged four-and-a-half to 18 years old who is enrolled in school.
The voucher can be used with any registered activity provider for things like registration, participation and tuition costs for a whole range of creative activities, including arts, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons.
Parents and carers find and apply for vouchers and then give the details to the registered activity providers.
The list of registered activity providers is on the searchable Creative Kids website, but often the contact is made the other way around - providers promote that they accept vouchers and parents contact the providers directly.
Create NSW says: "From 1 January 2022, the Creative Kids program will refocus on encouraging real-time (live) activities. Art kit programs, pre-recorded video lessons and online programs that are not delivered in real-time will no longer be eligible."
Live and interactive lessons which include the cost of art/craft kits will still be eligible.
Providers offering online activities and programs, including through video hosting platforms (e.g. Skype, YouTube, Zoom, etc) and webinars (e.g. access to pre-recorded material), will need to show that participants are able to ask questions or seek lesson support.
This can be via phone, email, live video, or an online messaging platform.
Dance, drama and music are always popular, but anecdotally and online, we see lots of parents seeking visual arts and crafts-based activities particularly across the Central West, and not just in bigger towns.
The scheme also covers things like creative writing, circus, coding, design, Aboriginal cultural experiences, video and more.
Do you have expertise in teaching something like languages, VR, debating, game design, multi-media, radio, slam poetry, even robotics?
Head to the Arts OutWest website to find out more information.
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