TEC

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC)

The TEC Programmes consists of:
  • Strand 1 – The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme(CETS);
  • Strand 2 – The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)
  • Strand 3 – The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has introduced a childcare support programme: the Trainings and Employment Childcare (TEC) programme.

The objective of the Programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.  The allocation of childcare places under the Programme is managed by the Department, via the City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) and local childcare service providers.

The Programme consists of three distinct strands:

Strand 1 – The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS)

This strand of the programme will support the childcare needs of participants in qualifying training and educational courses operated by Solas (FÁS) and the Education and Training Board (VEC).  There are 2,500 places in total available at any one time under this strand and places can be full-time, part-time, afterschool only or afterschool with pick up.

The Dept of Education has sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand. 

Strand 2 – The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)

This strand is known as the After-School Child Care Scheme (ASCC) and is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). This scheme provides afterschool care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents to include pick-up service where necessary. There are 600 places available on this strand. 

DSP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the Programme.

In general, to qualify for support under the ASCC, a parent must:

  •  have one or more children aged between 4 and 13 who are in primary school, and either
    • start a new job (including JobsPlus); or
    • increase the days they currently work; or
    • start a Community Employment (CE) Programme or Tús Initiative; or
    • take up an internship on the Job Bridge Scheme, Job Seekers Allowance, Job Seekers Benefit; or
    • start on the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme.
  • One Parent Family recipients who take up part-time work or an employment programme are also eligible.

Please Note: Self-employed people who are getting Jobseeker’s Allowance are not eligible for the after-school child care scheme.

Strand 3 – The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

This strand caters for Community Employment (CE) Participants and is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). This strand provides part time care for children up to 13 years. There are 1,800 places available on this strand.

DSP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the Programme.

As the CE strand of TEC is a new strand to the programme, operational since 2 January 2014, please follow the FAQ link below to see a list of frequently asked questions.

Procedure for parent to avail of TEC Programme:



Useful Links:

Download the forms from our Resource section here

Click here to read a Briefing Note on CE Childcare (CEC) for CE Participants

Download a CE Childcare (CEC) Leaflet

 

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