3pm-5.45pm (School Days)    
8.15am -5.45pm (School Holidays)

2 Arawa Road, Hataitai,
Wellington, 6021


3pm-5.45pm (School Days)    
8.15am -5.45pm (School Holidays)

OSCAR – Government Financial Support for After School and School Holiday Programmes

Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy is a payment which helps families with the costs of before and after school care for up to 20 hours a week, and school holiday programmes for up to 50 hours a week.

You may get an OSCAR Subsidy 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 also need to be in one of these situations:

  • 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.

It also depends on how much you and your partner earn.

The child or young person must:

  • normally live in New Zealand
  • be at school
  • be under 14 (or under 18 if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them)
  • be attending an approved OSCAR programme for at least 3 hours a week, for example before school / after school / holiday programmes

You can get up to 20 hours during term time and up to 50 hours during school holidays

How much you get depends on:

  • the size of your family
  • your income
  • how many hours a week your child goes to the childcare provider.
  • If you don’t know how many hours of care you’ll need each week (eg, you’re a casual or on-call worker) you can talk to Work and Income NZ about your options when you apply.

All subsidies are paid directly to the childcare provider (HASCI) and start from the date the care starts (or from the date you apply if you apply after it starts).


To receive your OSCAR subsidy from the day your child starts the programme, you need to submit your application to us before your child’s first day. This is especially important in school holidays.

We suggest you apply at least 3 to 4 weeks before you need your subsidy to start.

To apply for OSCAR Subsidy:

  • You (and, if applicable, your partner) need to complete the Childcare Assistance application form.
  • You can download the form HERE
  • We (HASCI) also need to complete the supervisor’s section inside this form.
  • Once completed, you will need to email the application form, and any other documents requested to Centralised_childcare_reviews@msd.govt.nz

Our HASCI Team will be happy to assist with your application and submit completed forms on your behalf.

Alternatively you can apply online HERE

For further details of subsidy rates please click HERE

HASCI Policy & Procedures

Our mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for your children to socialise, have fun, and engage their curiosity.

At HASCI we adhere to the guidelines provided under The Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, whereby our programmes are run with the safety and wellbeing of the children in our care as the first consideration.

The attached Policy & Procedures Manual outlines the policies and procedures applied to the operation of HASCI programmes. Your “acceptance of the terms and conditions” on the AimyPlus online booking system will be taken as confirmation you understand and accept these policies and procedures.

A printed version of  The Policy & Procedures Manual is available to view on-site and/or can be provided to you via email if requested.

For our Policy & Procedures Manual CLICK HERE