Types of Childcare
Early childhood service or childcare service is a broad term which refers to any childcare service which your child may attend including – crèche, nursery, day care, preschool, playgroup, montessori etc.
Children usually attend services on one of the following basis:
Full day – 5+ hours per day
Part time – 3.5 to 5 hours per day
Sessional – Upto 3.5 hours per day
Most Full day care services will cater for children in each of these categories, however many preschool services only operate for sessional ECCE.
School Age Childcare – Afterschool Childcare, which may also incorporate a breakfast club, school drop and/or collection services, and full day childcare outside of the school term. This can operate as a standalone service, or as part of an existing creche/preschool facility.
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: https://www.tusla.ie/services/family-community-support/school-age-services/