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After School Childcare Scheme

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the After School Childcare Scheme is

The After School Childcare Scheme provides supports to low-income and unemployed people to:

  • take up a job
  • increase the hours they work
  • take a place on a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection employment programme

If you are accepted for the After School Childcare Scheme, you can get after-school childcare for up to 5 days per week at a daily rate of €3 per day per child (€15 per week per child). Pick-up options are also available.

The scheme also provides full-day childcare during school holidays at no additional cost to the parent. However, in order to avail of childcare during the school holidays you must have an ongoing after-school childcare need during the school year.

How to qualify

You may be eligible for the scheme if:

  • you have one or more children aged between 4 and 13
  • you have been getting one of the following payments for more than three months; Jobseeker's Allowance, Jobseeker's Benefit, Jobseeker's Transitional payment or One-Parent Family Payment
  • you are on an employment support programme
  • you are on the Working Family Payment for any length of time and increase your working hours
  • you are signing for Jobseeker’s Benefit Credits only

Self-employed people who are getting Jobseeker’s Allowance are not eligible for the afterschool child care scheme.

Places on the scheme are on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. Eligibility does not mean a guarantee of a child care place.

Rate of payment

If you are deemed eligible for the scheme, you can get childcare for €3 per child per day (€15 per week).

So, if you have two children aged between 4 and 13, then you would pay €30 per week.

Apply

To apply for an after-school child care place under the After School Child Care Scheme, you should contact your local Intreo Centre.

Staff here will explain how the application process works and give you the relevant forms.