Training & Employment Childcare Programmes (TEC)

The TEC programme supported parents on eligible training courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The programme closed for new applications on 14 February 2020 and it is not accepting new applications.

TEC was superseded by the National Childcare Scheme (NCS). You can find out more information on NCS here or on the NCS website.

Those registered on TEC prior to the programme closing for new applications were given the opportunity to move onto NCS or remain on TEC. Those who remained are now on the TEC Saver Programme and retain their existing level for an additional interim period.

The TEC Saver Programme provides childcare support for parents (‘TEC Savers’) in the following ways: on certain education and training courses (CETS), parents working on Community Employment programmes (CEC), and also for families on Family Income Support (ASCC).

Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS)

The CETS Programme provides childcare to training course participants on courses provided by the Local Education and Training Boards (ETB, formerly FAS and VEC) and secondary schools.

After-School Child Care Programme (ASCC)

The ASCC is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) 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 by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating on Community Employment schemes.

Savers Management Window

The “Saver Management Window” is a periodic re-opening of PIP at defined times throughout the programme year to allow Service Providers to make amendments to existing registrations to reflect changes in attendance, level of service etc. The Saver Management Windows for the 2020/21 programme year are as follows:

10 August 20209 November 2020
18 December 202011 January 2021
12 February 20218 March 2021
26 March 202119 April 2021
25 June 202113 August 2021


  • City and County Childcare Committees (CCCs): CCCs are the first port of call for both parents/guardians and childcare providers in relation to any queries on the TEC Saver Programme. Contact details for your local CCC can be found at ie.

PIP Portal: The TEC Saver programme is administered by Service Providers on the PIP Portal

Programme Contact Details

Pobal Early Years Providers Centre

T. 01 511 7222

Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth (DCEDIY)

T. 01 647 3000