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 TEC Programmes are:
Childcare Education and Training Support programme (CETS)
The CETS Programme formerly catered for FAS and VEC training course participants and now provides childcare on behalf of the Local Education and Training Boards and Secondary Schools.
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).
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.
Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017
On Tuesday 11th October 2016 it was announced that an additional €19m has been agreed in Budget 2017 to enable the introduction of a new Single Affordable Childcare Scheme from September 2017. This will replace the existing childcare subsidisation schemes (excluding the free pre-school scheme) from September 2017 with a single, streamlined scheme which is more user-friendly for both parents and providers. The new scheme will make childcare more affordable, and will enable both universal and targeted subsidies for parents towards their childcare costs. For more information click here.
NOTICE: TEC 'Grant Funding Agreement' 2016/17 Now Available to Read/Download
The Contracting process for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Childcare Funding Programmes will begin shortly for the 2016-2017 ‘Programme Call’. The process this year will differ from previous years as it will be carried out by service providers on PIP. Please see the PIP Homepage for a summary of the contracting timeline and 'next steps' for the online contracting process."
You may now download the TEC Grant Funding Agreement for the 2016/17 Programme Call (As Gaeilge). This will be the document that Primary Authorised Users (those legally responsible for the childcare services) will see on PIP when they are submitting online applications to provide the TEC Programme.
Please note: Changes to the TEC Grant Funding Agreement may be made at the discretion of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Any such changes will be updated immediately on this webpage with clear notification of the changes made.
PIP is a new online system which will streamline the administrative processes across the three national childcare funding programmes (ECCE, TEC and CCS). A dedicated PIP Homepage has been set up on the Pobal Website which will provide regular updates and supports to childcare providers as the new system is rolled out.