If you have applied for a vocational training course, you may need childcare. Under the Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) scheme, you may qualify for a subsidised childcare place for your child. CETS can provide full-time, part-time or after-school childcare places. The CETS scheme is managed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) via the City and County Childcare Committees.
It was announced in Budget 2016, that a new single affordable childcare programme will be developed to replace a number of childcare programmes including CETS. The target date for the new programme is 2017.
Not all Education and Training Board courses qualify for CETS. The courses that qualify for CETS include Youthreach, Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS), the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI), Further Education and Training (FET) courses (i.e. specific skills training and traineeships), the FIT Initiative and Momentum.
FÁS, SOLAS and ETBs
FÁS was dissolved and some of its functions were transferred to SOLAS. SOLAS the new further education and training authority was set-up on 26 October 2013.
On 1 January 2014, the FÁS training division began its transfer to the 16
Education and Training
Boards (ETBs) which replaced VECs. All training courses will have
transferred on 1 July 2014. If you are currently on a training course, you will
not be affected by these changes.
The number of places available under CETS is limited. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
You may qualify for a childcare place while on a vocational training course if:
If you cannot find a place for your child you should contact your local City or County Childcare Committee and let them know the area in which you need a childcare place. They will ask the DCYA, who will try to provide additional childcare places in your area.
The maximum amount per child that childcare providers may charge to parents per week is:
Services may not charge for weeks where the service is not open.
You should let the course provider know that you have child care needs and want to be considered for CETS.
When you get your letter offering you a place on a course, you will also be given a list of local childcare providers. You should use this letter to book a place for your child or children with a childcare provider.
When your training starts you will get a letter confirming that you have
started the course and giving the start and finish dates. You should show this
letter to the childcare provider to confirm the duration of your childcare
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.