TEC (Training and Employment Childcare)
Overview of TEC
The TEC Programme is an overarching childcare programme specifically 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):
Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme provides childcare to certain training course participants on courses provided by the Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FAS and VEC) and Secondary Schools.
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.
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 for certain categories of working parents and parents on DSP employment programmes (not including Community Employment).
Extra funding is provided to compensate for school holidays. This is referred to as a ‘top-up’. TEC is only available through participating early years services; a list of these services is available through the relevant local CCC.
Eligibility for TEC (CETS, CEC and ASCC)
All TEC participants’ eligibility is determined by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and is outlined below for each programme.
Eligibility Criteria for CETS
Participants on the following Further Education Programmes are eligible to apply for CETS funding:
CETS approved Education and Training Board (ETB) courses
CETS approved Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
CETS approved Youthreach
Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)
Secondary school students completing Junior or Leaving Certificate cycle
Documents/information required for CETS
Parent must provide a letter from their training provider to include hours of course and start and finish dates.
Eligibility Criteria for CEC
Under the CEC programme (pre-school and after-school), a Community Employment (CE) participant who requires childcare in order to begin or continue on a CE scheme is eligible for a childcare place.
Documents/information required for CEC
Parent must provide a letter from their CE Sponsor to include hours of work and start and finish dates.
Eligibility Criteria for ASCC
In order to be eligible for ASCC a client must be in receipt of Family Income Supplement (FIS) and increase hours of work or satisfy the below:
Be in receipt of Jobseekers’ Benefit (JB) or Jobseekers’ Allowance (JA), Jobseekers’
Transitional payment (JST) or One-parent Family Payment (OFP) or be on a DSP employment
programme (or any combination of the above) for at least three months (78 days) AND have
one or more children aged between 4 and 13 years who are in primary school
Commence any one of the following: employment (either full-time or part-time) OR increase
their employment OR a specified DSP employment programme as follows (except
Community Employment): WPP, BTWEA, TUS, Gateway or RSS
Documents/information required for ASCC
Parents must provide a letter from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) confirming their DSP status.
NOTE: Availing of ASCC does not preclude subsequent application for FIS, where other FIS eligibility criteria are met.