Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not previously been subject to registration or regulation, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare.
School-age services must register their service if their primary purpose is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.
All services that currently provide childcare for school-age children must have applied for registration and are urged to start this process straightaway if they have not yet done so. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.
School-Age Childcare services that are registered with Tusla will be eligible to apply to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme.