Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

What is a School Age Service?

A ‘school age service’ means any early years’ service, play group, day nursery, crèche, day-care or other similar service which ;

  1. Caters for children under the age of 15 years enrolled in a school providing primary or post primary education.
  2. Provides a range of activities that are developmental, educational and recreational in manner, which take place outside of school hours, the primary purpose of which is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.
  3. The basis for access to which is made publicly known to the parents and guardians of the children.

The following are not defined as school age services under the Childcare Act 1991 Revised January 2019.

Services that solely provide activities relating to —

  1. The Arts.
  2. Youth work.
  3. Competitive or recreational sport.
  4. Tuition.
  5. Religious teaching.

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Process for phased registration 

Who needs to register?

Why do I need to register my School Age Service?

Cost of registering a School Age Service

Prepare to register your School age Service online

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