TEC (Training and Education in Childcare)


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. Please contact us for a list of services providing the TEC scheme.

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).

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

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.

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

For further information on eligibility please see on http://www.dcya.gov.ie