Major Changes Coming for Creative Kids Vouchers in 2022
No, say it isn't so! One of NSW's favourite (and most used!) voucher programs is sadly coming to an end!
From 1 January 2022, you will no longer be able to use your Creative Kids Voucher for art kits, creative programs, pre-recorded video lessons and online programs not offered in real-time!
The New Creative Kids Voucher Program
Like so many disappointments in 2021, we can thank COVID for the changes coming to the Creative Kids program. Since we're no longer bound by the fours wall of our home and in a bid to refocus on real-time activities for NSW kids, the NSW Government has decided to scrap all non-physical elements of the voucher program. In simple terms, any programs previously offered that are not offered in real-time will no longer be eligible and you won't receive a discount for.
What Changes are Being Made
According to Service NSW, from 1 January 2022, parents and guardians of school-aged children in NSW will not be able to use their Creative Kids vouchers for the following program delivery formats:
- Art and craft kit programs (any programs that involve the participant receiving creative supplies or materials)
- Online programs that are not delivered in real-time (live), for example, pre-recorded video lessons/tutorials.
With the lifting of restrictions has come the lifting of the pre-recorded learning part of the Creative Kids program, which means that from 1 January 2022 you can still put your Creative Kids voucher to good use but it has to be for a real-time class or interactive activity. There are over 4,000 Creative Kids providers making use of the real-time program.
Still Have a Creative Kids Voucher to Use?
If you've still got a voucher that you'd like to put towards an at-home craft kit or pre-recorded online class, you'd better hurry! You have until 31 December 2021 to use your voucher for any kits, programs or classes not offered in real-time. Check out our list of where you can use your Creative Kids vouchers for at-home craft kits and online creative classes.
In Other News
Have you signed up to our newsletter? Join ellaslist to get the best family and kid-friendly events, venues, classes and things to do NEAR YOU!