The Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) Programme support parents on eligible training courses (Solas/ETB, Community Employment (CE) participants or predetermined by the Department of Social Protection – DSP) and eligible categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. Participation in the TEC Programme is available in both community and private childcare services.
The TEC Programme is made up of 3 strands:
It is important to note that there are a limited number of TEC places available nationally, as such it is possible that a parent who is eligible may not get a place, as it is first come, first served basis.
The amount an early childhood service may charge to parents per week is listed on an early childhood services fee payment policy, which is approved by Roscommon County Childcare Committee annually.
Under the TEC Scheme, the DCYA pays a capitation to the Early Years (Childcare) Service. The Early Years (Childcare) Service may charge the parent a top-up. The DCYA has set limits for Top-Ups. Please see this link for more information.