Work and Income NZ (WINZ) Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy**

The 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.

Important information

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

For more information on if you are eligible for this subsidy click here

Who can get It

You may be able to 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, which includes:

    • before school

    • after school

    • holiday programmes and camps.

How much can you get
How much you get depends on the size of your family, your income and 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 (because you're a casual or on-call worker for instance) we'll talk with you about your options when you apply for a subsidy.

You can estimate the amount of OSCAR Subsidy you may be entitled to by using the calculator on the Working for Families website.

All subsidies are paid directly to the childcare provider.