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