Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes


The objective of the TEC Programmes is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work by providing subsidised childcare places. The allocation of places under the programme is managed by the DCYA, via the City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs). The information is then passed on to Pobal, who make the payments to providers on the Department's instructions.


There are 3 strands of the TEC Programme: 

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 FÁS and VEC) and Secondary Schools.

After-School Child Care programme (ASCC)

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

Community Employment Childcare programme (CEC)

The CEC is administered on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.


Further information on the TEC Programme is available on the links below: 

DCYA Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) information: Click Here

A Parent's Guide to the National Childcare Funding Programmes 2018/2019


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