The TEC programme is an overarching childcare programme designed to support parents on eligible training courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The TEC programme provides childcare support for parents on certain education and training courses (CETS), parents working on Community Employment programmes (CEC) and also for families on Family Income Support (ASCC).

CETS

The CETS programme provides childcare to certain training course participants on courses provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly VEC) as well as Solas (formerly Fas) and secondary schools.

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

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.