The TEC (The Training and Employment Childcare)Programme is made up of 3 strands
- The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS)
- The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)
- The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC)
The purpose of the programme is to support parents on eligible training courses and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. CETS is administered on behalf of the Department of Education .Places can be full-time, part-time, after-school only or after-school with pick up places . The Education and Training Board (ETB)/Solas have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of the CETS Programme.
Participants on the following Education Programmes are eligible to apply for CETS funding.
CETS approved Education and Training Board (ETB) courses – (former FAS courses)
CETS approved Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
CETS approved Youthreach
Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)
Secondary School Students completing their Junior and/or Leaving Certificate
The maximum amount that services may charge parents per week for CETS places are:
- Full-time:€25 per week
- Part time:€15 per week
- Afterschool:€5 per week
- Afterschool with pickup service:€15 per week
For a list of Services participating in the CETS scheme click on the Sligo 2018 Cets List
The purpose of the program is to support low in come and unemployed people to take up a job (including Job Plus); increase their days of employment; or take up a place on a Department of Social Protection (DSP) Employment Programme. The programme provides subsidized after-school childcare for certain DSP customers, who have children of primary school age.
In general, to qualify for support under the ASCC, a parent must
- Be currently getting a Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB), Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or One Parent Family Payment (OFP) or on a DSP employment programme; AND
- Be 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;
- Have one or more children aged between4 and 13 who are in primary school;
- Either start a new job or increase the days you currently work; or
- Start a DSP employment programme (except CE*)
*CE is excluded from eligibility for ASCC as the CE Childcare (CEC) Programme provides subsidised childcare for all CE participants with children from 0 to 13 years of age.
For a list of Services participating in the ASCC scheme click on the Sligo 2018 ASCC List
The maximum amounts that services may charge parents per week for ASCC places is:
- After-School: €15 per week
- Afterschool with pickup service: €15 per week
Pro rata amounts are paid for places of less than 5 day’s duration.
Community Employment Childcare (CEC) Program is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP).The program provides part-time or after-school care for children up to 13 years of age. DSP have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of this strand of the CEC Program. If you are a parent taking part in a CE scheme you are eligible for a CE childcare place.
How do I know what childcare services are currently in the CEC program?
For a list of Services participating in the CEC scheme click on the Sligo 2018 Cec List
The maximum amounts that services may charge parents per week for CE places are:
- Part-Time:€15 per week
- After-School:€15 per week