School Age Childcare











School Age Childcare Registration

On the 18th February 2019, the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018 came into effect. Services who cater for school age children (including childminders) 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.

The School Age Childcare Team in Tusla is responsible for promoting the quality, safety and appropriate care of the children by assisting in the registration of services within the sector. Applications for registration can only be made online.

For further information please visit Tusla’s website


The National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare Services and the report on the public consultation launched in Sept 2020.

Please find the links to both of the documents in English and Irish below.

National Quality Guidelines for School-Age Childcare

Treoirlínte Náisiúnta Cáilíochta do Sheirbhísí Cúraim Leanaí ar Aois Scoile

School-Age Childcare Consultation Report

Cúram Leanaí ar Aois Scoile Tuarascáil Chomhairliúcháin


Below are a number of very useful guides to assist you with setting up a School Age Childcare facility and information for those services already established.

School Age Childcare Regulations 2018

School Age Childcare Explanatory Guide for Providers

School Age Childcare Registration Q & A

School Age Childcare – A Guide to Good Practice

Developing School Age Childcare

School Age Childcare Report



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