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Training and Employment Childcare Programme (TEC)

The objective of the TEC Programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.

 

There are 3 strands of the TEC programme:

 

1.      Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)

The CETS programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants and now provides subsidised childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards (ETB’s).

 

2.      After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)

The ASCC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides afterschool care for primary school children of certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment).

 

3.      Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment Schemes.

 

Childcare Education and Training programme (CETS)

CETS is for parents completing ETB/Solas courses (formerly FAS and VEC courses). It is administered on behalf of the Department of Education.

Childcare places can be full-time, part-time, afterschool only or afterschool with transport places. ETB’s and Solas have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the TEC Programme.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible for a CETS place?

If you are a parent and are undertaking training through ETB’s or Solas, you may be eligible. You should ask your training provider if you are eligible. If you are, your training provider should give you a letter of eligibility for CETS. This letter must contain the following information:

  • Name of parent
  • Name of eligible course
  • Start date of the course
  • End date of the course and/or the number of weeks of the course
  • Confirmation that you are eligible for childcare under the CETS programme

 

How do I access a place?

A list of current CETS services is available from your local City or County Childcare Committee.

Once you have found a childcare service, the service will ask you for a copy of your letter of eligibility as evidence that you are eligible for the CETS programme. They will ask you to complete a TEC Child Registration Form, with details of you and your child’s PPS numbers, dates of birth etc. along with information about the type of childcare place required. They may also ask you for proof of you and your child’s PPS numbers and dates of birth. You will also be required to obtain your official course calendar for the childcare service.

 

How much will the CETS place cost me?

The maximum amount that you can be charged per week for a CETS place is:

  • Full-time Childcare Place - €25 per week
  • Part-time Childcare Place - €15.00 per week
  • After-school Childcare Place - €5.00 per week
  • Afterschool (with transport) Childcare Place: €15.00 per week

 

After-School Care Care programme (ASCC):

The After-School Child Care programme provides after-school care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents. It is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). DSP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the TEC programme.

Places can be afterschool only or after-school with transport places. Places can also be approved for full day care up to a maximum of 10 weeks (when your child is on school holidays and you require full day care).

  • Pro rate payments are applied for 3,4, or 5 day places
  • Parents are entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks on the scheme, regardless of how many days a week they may avail of.
  • Services will be paid for 52 weeks in total
  • Where eligible parents require childcare for morning periods before the child starts school, rather than afterschool hours, this can be accommodated under the scheme. The same rates apply.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible for an ASCC place?

In general, to qualify for support under the ASCC programme, you must:

  • Be in receipt of Family Income Supplement (FIS) (regardless of duration); OR
  • Be currently getting a Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB), Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or One Parent Family (OFP) or on a DSP employment programme; AND
  • Have been in receipt of a JB, JA or OFP payment or have been on Department of Social Protection (DSP) employment programme (or any combination of the 4) for a least 3 months; AND
  • Have one or more children aged between 4 and 13 who are in primary school; AND
  • Either start a new job or increase the days you currently work; OR
  • Start a DSP employment programme (except CE)

 

Your local DSP office will be able to tell you if you are eligible for an ASCC place. If you are, your DSP office should give you a letter of eligibility for ASCC. This letter must contain the following information:

  • Name of parent
  • Start date of entitlement to childcare support
  • Confirmation that the parent is eligible for the ASCC programme

 

How do I access an ASCC place?

A list of current ASCC services is available from the FCCC Office. Once you have found a childcare service, they will ask you for a copy of your letter of eligibility as evidence that you are eligible for the ASCC programme. They will ask you to complete a TEC Child Registration Form, with details of you and your child’s PPS numbers, dates of birth etc, along with information about the childcare place required. They may also ask you for proof of you and your child’s PPS numbers and dates of birth.

 

How much will the ASCC place cost me?

The maximum amount that you can be charged per week for an ASCC place is:

  • After-school Childcare Place - €15.00 per week
  • After-school (with transport) Childcare Place - €15.00 per week
  • Full time Childcare Place (maximum of 10 weeks holiday) - €15.00 per week

 

Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC):

The programme provides part-time or after-school care for children up to 13 years of age.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible for a CEC place?

If you are a parent taking part in a CE scheme, you are eligible for a CEC place for your child. Your CE sponsor should give you a letter of eligibility for CEC. This letter must contain the following information:

  • Name of parent
  • Start date of entitlement to childcare support
  • Confirmation that the parent is eligible for the CEC programme

 

How do I access a CEC place?

A list of current CEC services is available from the FCCC Office. Once you have found a childcare service, they will ask you for a copy of your letter of eligibility as evidence that you are eligible for the CEC programme. They will ask you to complete a TEC Child Registration Form, with details of you and your child’s PPS numbers, dates of birth etc, along with information about the childcare place required. They may also ask you for proof of you and your child’s PPS numbers and dates of birth.

 

How much will the CEC place cost me?

The maximum amount that you can be charged per week for a CEC place is:

  • Part-time: €15.00 per week
  • After-school: €15.00 per week
  • Part-time Childcare Place (maximum of 10 weeks holiday): €15.00 per week

 

General questions about TEC programmes:

Am I guaranteed a childcare place, if I get a letter of eligibility?

For all 3 TEC programmes, places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, up to a maximum number of places available nationally. Therefore, eligibility for a TEC programme does not guarantee you a subsidised childcare place.

 

Can I transfer from one childcare service to another?

You can choose to transfer your child from one TEC service to another. You must give 2 weeks’ notice to the childcare service. The childcare service will complete a PIP Leaver Form which you may be required to sign. You then will go through the process of registering your child again in another childcare service.

 

Can I use a childminder instead?

Childminders cannot offer the TEC programme.

 

If you have any queries or concerns in relation to the TEC programmes, please contact the FCCC Office on (01) 4851727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Please see link below to DCYA Programme Rules 2017/2018

LINK TO DCYA PROGRAMME RULES 2017/2018