The After School Childcare Scheme provides supports to low-income and unemployed people to:
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.
You may be eligible for the scheme if:
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.
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.
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.