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Our Purpose

Stewart House has grown since 1931 with one charter - to care for children from all parts of NSW and the ACT that are in need. Central to our growth is the requirement that these children are part of the public education system in either state. Stewart House enjoys unprecedented support from the NSW Department of Education and NSW Health and the NSW Teachers Federation.

Each year 1,800 public school children in need come to Stewart House from many parts of NSW and the ACT. During their stay, children are provided with optometric, dental and medical treatment as well as emotional support. This is balanced with health and educational programs and out of school activities to boost their self-esteem and to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Children in the care of Stewart House attend a specific purpose school onsite for 8 days of their 12-day stay. The NSW Department of Education provides infrastructure and staffing support for this school. All others costs associated with the childrens' stay are met from charitable donations.

Once the children leave school for the day they are cared for by suitably qualified supervisors overnight and at the weekend. Meals, accommodation costs, transport and entertainment expenses as well as salary costs for supervisors, cooks, cleaners, laundry and maintenance staff are all sourced from donations made to Stewart House. These costs amount to some $3.8 million each year.

Traditionally, teachers and staff from the NSW public education system have donated through fortnightly salary contributions around $1.6 million of this $3.8 million. Public school children through school-based fundraising contribute around $500,000. The remainder is gathered from personal and corporate donations and applications for private grants and subsidies.

The cost per child per day has increased from $98 to $130 with the increase costs of food, salaries for supervision and service staff and the need for Stewart House to employ specialist clinical staff.

Student Expenses

The cost per day of a child's attendance at Stewart House, sourced entirely by charitable contributions is $130 per day, or $1,560 for 12-days is broken down as follows:

Type of Expense

Cost per child

Supervision and care
$70.00 per day
Accommodation, food and transport
$40.00 per day
Wellbeing and additional health care
$20.00 per day
$130.00 per day
  $1560 per child for a 12 day stay

Please note that the cost per child per day only includes expenses essential to the child's stay and does not include fundraising or administration costs.

Contact us

Cnr Batho Road & Wyadra Avenue
Freshwater NSW 2096
(PO Box 21, Freshwater NSW 2096)

Telephone: 02 9938 3100

ABN 97 127 072 100

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