Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1658)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1658. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 on the childcare employment training scheme in tabular form; the number of persons that benefitted from it for each year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36641/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

TEC is an overarching childcare programme, specifically designed to support parents on eligible training and education courses as well as certain categories of parents returning to work, by providing subsidised childcare places. The TEC Programme also provides childcare support for families on Family Income Support (ASCC). It comprises three strands:

1. Childcare Education and Training Support Programme (CETS) provides childcare to training course participants on courses provided by the Local Education and Training Boards (ETBs, formerly FÁS and Vocational Education Committees) and secondary schools.

2. After-School Child Care Programme (ASCC) is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and provides after-school care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents and parents on DEASP employment programmes (excluding Community Employment).

3. Community Employment Childcare Programme (CEC) is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and provides childcare for children of parents who are participating in the Community Employment scheme. There are two strands within CEC, namely CEC(PS) (pre-school) and CEC(AS) (after-school).

Table 1 and 2 set out the amount spent in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 on the Childcare Employment Training Scheme (CETS), and the number of persons that benefitted from the scheme each year.

Table 1.  Expenditure on the childcare employment training scheme in tabular form 2016 -2018 and to date in 2019.

Programme Call

2016

2017

2018

2019

TEC - Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) 2016-2017

4,451,141.12

6,487,657.74

1,250.00

1,163.00

TEC - Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) 2017-2018

n/a

3,683,161.20

4,238,638.80

-7,203.00

TEC - Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) 2018-2019

n/a

n/a

2,476,042.93

3,324,431.19

TEC - Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) 2019-2020

n/a

n/a

n/a

22,157.00

Table 2.  Number of children registered under employment training scheme from 2016 -2018 and to date in 2019.

Programme Call

2016

2017

2018

2019

CETS 

3,500

2,540

1,931

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