After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)

The purpose of this programme, is to support low income and unemployed people to take up a job, increase their days of employment, or take up a place on a DEASP Employment Programme. The programme provides subsidised after-school childcare for certain DEASP customers, who have children of primary school age. The DEASP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of the ASCC Programme. In general, the parent must:

Be currently getting a Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB), Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or One Parent Family Payment (OFP) or on a DEASP employment programme, AND

Be in receipt of a JB, JA or OFP payment or have been on a DEASP employment programme (or any combination of the 4) for at least 3 months, AND

Have one or more children aged between 4 and 13 who are in primary school, AND
Either start a new job or increase the days they currently work, or
Start a DEASP employment programme (except CE*)

*CE is excluded from eligibility for ASCC, as the CE Childcare (CEC) Programme provides subsidised childcare for all CE participants with children from 0 to 13 years of age.

How is Childcare Reduced?

Under ASCC, the DCYA pays a capitation to the Early Years (Childcare) Service.  The Early Years (Childcare) Service may charge the parent a top-up.  The DCYA has set limits for Top-Ups.

Capitation Paid by the DCYA to the Early Years’ Service (per week) Maximum Top-Up that the Early Years’ Service can charge the Parent (per week)
After-School €45 €15
After-School with Pick-Up €80 €15

Payment for School Holidays

A full day rate of €145 per week is payable during school holidays (10 weeks in total). Parents can be charged a maximum of €15 per week.

How to apply

To apply for a place, the parent must obtain a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and present this to an Early Years Service participating in ASCC. A list of participating services is available from Limerick Childcare Committee.

To make an application, the service will require the parent to provide:

  • Confirmation that the parent is eligible for the ASCC – this is a standard letter provided by DEASP for eligible parents.
  • Proof of PPSN for parent and for each child.
  • The parent must complete a TEC Pre-Registration Form.  This form is available from the Early Years Service.

Fee Payment Policy and Calendar of Open Days

The Early Years (Childcare) Service must provide the parent with a copy of the following:

An ASCC Service Fees Information Letter which states the top-up they have chosen to charge the parent.  It also includes details of Optional Extras which the service offers.

An ASCC Calendar – this states the dates (inclusive) that the service will be open and the specific dates on which the service will be closed.

The DCYA has published Rules for DCYA Childcare Funding Programmes 2018-19 which covers all aspects of the scheme and while aimed primarily at Early Years Services, it also provides useful information for parents.

Please also see the Department of Social Protection ASCC DSP Leaflet Aug 2015