Training and Employment Childcare (TEC)

From September 2014, the 3 strands of CETS (CETS ETB/Solas, ASCC and CE CETS) have operated as separate programmes under the heading of Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programmes.

The TEC Programmes consists of:

  • Strand 1 – The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme(CETS);
  • Strand 2 – The After-School Childcare Programme (ASCC)
  • Strand 3 – The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

The objective of the TEC funding programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.  The allocation of childcare places under the Programme is managed by the Department, via the City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs) and local childcare service providers.

The Programme consists of three distinct strands:

Strand 1 – The Childcare Education and Training Support 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 by City & County Childcare Committees (CCC). Your local CCC is Tipperary Childcare Committee. Childcare places can be full-time, part-time, After-School only or After-School with transport places.

Education & Training Boards (ETB’s) and Solas have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the TEC Programme.

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

A list of current CETS services is available from your local Tipperary 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.

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 per week

After-School Childcare Place – €5 per week

After-School (with transport) Childcare Place: €15 per week

The Dept. of Education has sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand.

Strand 2 – The After-School Childcare 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 After-School 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 rata 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.

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 Payment (OFP) or on a DSP employment programme; AND

 

  • Have been in receipt of a JB, JA or OFP payment or have been on a Department of Social Protection (DSP) employment programme (or any combination of the 4) for at 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

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A list of current ASCC services is available from your local Tipperary Childcare Committee.

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.

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

After-school Childcare Place – €15 per week

After-school (with transport) Childcare Place -€15 per week

Full time Childcare Place (maximum of 10 weeks) – €15 per week

Strand 3 – The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)

DSP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the Programme.

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

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 program

A list of current CEC services is available from your local Tipperary Childcare Committee.

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.

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

  • Part-time: €15 per week
  • After-School: €15 per week
  • Full day School Aged Childcare (10 weeks per annum applicable to school holiday periods): €15 per week

General questions about TEC programmes

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

You can choose to transfer your child from one TEC service to another. You must give 2 weeks’ notice to the childcare service, and you are required to complete a TEC leaver form, which must also be signed by the existing service, and the new service.

Childminders cannot offer the TEC programme. A full list of conditions and frequently asked questions about the TEC programmes is available on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website – www.dcya.gov.ie.

 

If you have any queries or concerns in relation to the TEC programmes, please contact Tipperary Childcare Committee who will be happy to help you with your query.