Great news! From 1st April 2023, more families now qualify for Childcare Assistance and the rates have increased for those already qualified. Income thresholds have increased and families will be able to claim up to $6.10 per child, per hour.

Work and Income’s Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) government subsidy is a payment for families who need help and support with the cost of before- and after-school care and school holiday programmes.

The subsidy is designed to make the cost of childcare more affordable for eligible families who can claim up to 20 hours per week for before- and after-school care. The subsidy also covers up to 50 hours per week for our exciting school holiday programmes, which can be especially helpful for working parents during the school holidays.

We’ll work with you and your local Work and Income office to ensure that the process for applying for and receiving an OSCAR subsidy is straightforward and stress-free.


You may qualify if...

  • You're the main carer of a dependent child

  • You're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

  • Your family is on a low or middle income

You need to be...

  • Working, studying or on an approved training course

  • Involved in an activity that Work and Income has asked you to do

  • A shift worker who works nights

  • Seriously ill or disabled

  • Caring for a child in hospital or for a child you get the Child Disability Allowance for.

  • You can't get the OSCAR Subsidy if the child's other parent or caregiver can take care of the child.

The child needs to...

  • Normally live in New Zealand

  • Be at school

  • Be under 14

  • Be attending Kelly Club for at least 3 hours a week. This can include before school, after school or at holiday programmes.

Find out how much your family could receive with the help of Work and Income’s subsidy calculator.
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How to apply for your OSCAR Subsidy


Request a client number from Work and Income (How to get a number)


Then apply online through MyMSD. Work and Income will also check to see if you can get any other help from them based on the answers you give in your application. Or Download or ask your local Kelly Club for an application form. Kelly Club can assist with completing your application by filling in the childcare provider section. Once the form is complete it can be sent to DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM
If you’re eligible, you will be granted the Childcare Subsidy from the date you first contact Work and Income, as long as you complete your application within 20 working days of that date.