Becoming an approved OSCAR provider

To receive payments from us, you need to be an approved OSCAR provider and registered to receive subsidies.

Step 1 - Become an approved OSCAR provider

Social Services Accreditation, a hosted service of the Ministry of Social Development, can accredit an OSCAR programme.

As part of the application process, a Social Services Accreditation assessor will:

  • review your organisational information, policies and procedures to determine if your organisation meets the Social Sector Accreditation Standards
  • visit the site/s where services are delivered.

Step 2 - Register to receive subsidies

For parents or caregivers to receive an OSCAR subsidy, you need to register your details with us.

You need to:

  • complete the Childcare/OSCAR provider registration form
  • provide evidence of your:
    • bank account
    • Social Services Accreditation
    • fee structure.

You can either:

  • email them to us at
  • drop them into any Work and Income service centre
  • post them to:
    Centralised Services
    Private Bag 9029
    Whangarei 0148

We'll be in touch once everything's been processed or if we need anything else.

If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us