Kent Rewards Posted on 11 March 2016 by Kent-Teach in Career Working in a school in Kent has a number of benefits, you may not be aware of, that can ultimately increase your wellbeing by improving the work/life balance and leave you with more money in your pocket; yes that’s right! Kent Rewards is the home of employee benefits, including staff in Kent County Council (KCC) maintained schools and academies. The range of benefits may surprise you… Childcare VouchersAs a KCC employee you can make significant savings on the cost of registered childcare by using Childcare Vouchers. This is an HMRC approved salary sacrifice scheme, and is provided for KCC by Fideliti. If you are a parent or a guardian, you can convert a portion of your salary into Childcare Vouchers, which is not subject to tax and National Insurance deductions. You will have an earnings assessment when registering, and the amount you can receive in vouchers will depend on your tax bracket.Cycle to Work Cycle2Work is a Government approved salary sacrifice scheme and is open to staff employed by KCC. (Please note the scheme is not open to staff in Foundation Schools, Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies.)Through Cycle2Work, you can obtain a new bike and the appropriate safety equipment out of your gross pay instead of your net pay, meaning that you will save tax and NI on the cost. To qualify the bike’s primary purpose must be for your commute to work.Shopping DiscountsWith so many great local businesses in Kent, we’re proud to support them through Kent Rewards by offering you fantastic deals and discounts! We also offer hundreds of national discounts through reloadable cards, instant vouchers and cashback that you can use even on top of other sales and promotions!With Kent Rewards you can also get great discounts on pretty much everything you can imagine! Whether it’s a meal at a restaurant, a trip to the cinema, or even a visit to a theme park there are plenty of ways that you can save. Other great tips include: Discounts on train tickets, ferries and coaches Huge savings on holidays and flights Cashback when booking experience days with Groupon, Living Social, Wowcher and many moreSave hundreds of pounds on your utilities including your home broadband, phone, water, energy and insurance providers Register With Kent Rewards Visit the Kent Rewards website to create a new account and begin making those important savings and make the most of all the wonderful employee benefits that working in education can bring. In addition to Kent Rewards, all school staff have the benefit of being able to pay into their qualifying pension scheme if they wish. Here is everything you need to know about the pension schemes available for school staff in Kent.