TEC Information for Providers

What is TEC?

The TEC Programmes consists of:

• The Childcare Education and Training Support Programme(CETS)

• The After-school Childcare Programme (ASCC)

• The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) Childcare Education

What is CETS?

The purpose of the progamme 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.ETB/Solas have sole responsibility for deciding who is eligible to avail of the CETS Programme.

 

Rates

Services may charge the parent additional fees, subject to a strict maximum.

The rates of payment for CETS places are:

• Full-time: €145 per week

• Part time: €80 per week

• Afterschool: €45 per week

• Afterschool with pickup service: €80 per week

Pro rata amounts are paid for places of less than 5 days duration.

 

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

 

The After-school Childcare Scheme (ASCC)

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; 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*)

*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.

 

What is ASCC?

The purpose of the programme is to support lowincome and unemployed people to take up a job (including JobPlus); increase their days of employment; or take up a place on a DSP Employment Programme.

The programme provides subsidised after-school childcare for certain DSP customers, who have children of primary school age.

 

Rates

Services may charge the parent additional fees, subject to a strict maximum.

The rates of payment for ASCC places are:

• After-School: €40 per week

• After-School with Pick-Up: €80 per week

The maximum amounts that services may charge parents per week for ASCC places are:

• After-School: €15 per week

• Afterschool with pickup service: €15 per week

Pro rata amounts are paid for places of less than 5 days duration.

 

Holidays:

A full day rate of €105 per week is payable during school holidays (10 weeks in total). Parents can be charged a maximum of €15 per week

 

CE Childcare (CEC) Programme

CE Childcare (CEC) Programme is administered on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP).The programme provides part-time or afterschool 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 Programme.

Rates

Services may charge the parent additional fees, subject to a strict maximum.

The rate of payment for CE places are:

• Part-Time: €80 per week

• After-School: €40 per week

The maximum amounts that services may charge parents per week for CE places are:

• Part-Time: €15 per week

• After-School: €15 per week

 

Holidays:

In the case of after-school childcare, during holidays, the state contribution will increase to the part-time childcare rate of €80 per week (10 weeks in total). Parents can be charged a maximum of €15 per week. Conditions of the programme The conditions of the programme are set out in the contract between the DCYA and the childcare provider. Transfer fromone CETS service to another CETS service: Parentsmay choose to transfer their children from one service to another. Please go to www.dcya.gov.ie for more detailed information about the transfer process.