The TEC programme is an overarching childcare programme designed to support parents on eligible training courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places.
The TEC Programme
The TEC programmes support parents who are studying, training or on Community Employment schemes by providing subsidised childcare places.
There are three programmes that are part of TEC:
The Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programme provides childcare for parents who are studying in Secondary Schools or with Local Education and Training Boards
The After School Child Care Programme (ASCC) provides afterschool care for primary school children with parents who are in certain categories of work and Department of Social Protection employment programmes. This doesn’t include Community Employment.
The Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) provides childcare for children with parents who are participating in Community Employment Schemes.
These programmes are all closed to new applications from October 2019.