New Afterschool Regulations


Registration of School Age Services - Regulations 2018

Registrations will open on 18th February 2019

Stand alone Afterschool Services will be the first cohort of school aged facilities required to complete registration between 18/02/2019 and 18/05/2019.

Afterschool services in existing preschool/crèche facilities already registered with Tusla are required to register before 18/08/2019.

If you intend to open a new service after February 2019, you are required to give a minimum three months’ notice period to Tusla.

You will require a completed Tusla Registration before DCYA Applications can be processed. 

Please see links below to Registration of School Age Services Regulations 2018, Explanatory Guide (Afterschool) and FAQ's. 

Registration of School Age Services - Regulations 2018

FAQ's on Afterschool Regulations

Afterschool Regulations Explanatory Guide 2019

Please note that there are a number of policies and documents that must be submitted along with the application.  A comprehensive list of what is required can be found on page 14 under Schedule 2 of the regulations.

If you need any more information or support in the application process please contact Ciara Harte in our office.

Email Ciara: or Phone: 01 457 0122


Parents Notice – School Age Childcare


Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare.

 Services must register their service if their primary purpose is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.

Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18 May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18 August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.

 School-Age Childcare services that are registered will also be eligible to apply to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme.

What is the National Childcare Scheme?

The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.

For further information relating to the National Childcare Scheme please visit