According to Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke families in the Cootamundra electorate are taking up the $100 Creative Kids vouchers and staying connected to creative learning activities during social distancing restrictions.
Ms Steph Cooke said the Creative Kids program has seen 3,413 vouchers redeemed across the region.
"I'm thrilled that families in the Cootamundra electorate are taking up these vouchers and ensuring school aged children remain engaged and active across creative, cultural and technology-based activities," Ms Cooke said.
According to Ms Cooke rural kids are being given the opportunity to access creative activities either in person or using technology.
"The NSW Government is working hard to ensure regional children, no matter where they are and what technology they have can access quality activities, and to reduce the financial burden on families during these challenging times," Ms Cooke said.
Changes to the program include:
- $1 million to support digital adaptation grants for Creative Kids providers of up to $5,000
- a digital toolkit to help providers pivot to online delivery
- extension of the use of Creative Kids vouchers for online programs and educational materials
- improved Service NSW website for easier access
The expanded guidelines will ensure children with limited access to the internet have more opportunities by allowing Creative Kids vouchers to cover the cost of more creative materials and equipment.