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Completing your Education
When you have a baby, going to school or college can be very hard work and expensive.

But if you who succeed in finishing your education you will be in a better position to get work you like and to provide for yourself and your child.

The Government has some schemes to support  parents who are still in education or who wish to return to education. 

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to some help.

If you are in Secondary School

If you are in secondary school you are entitled to the Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) Scheme.

Under this Scheme, the maximum amount per child that childcare providers may charge to parents per week is:
  • Full-time: €25 per week
  • Part time: €15 per week
  • Afterschool: €5 per week
  • Afterschool with pickup service: €15

If you are in secondary school you are also entitled to the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme but the subsidies on this Programme are not as high as the CETS scheme, above. You can find out more about the CCS subvention bands and rates here.

Home Tuition

If you are still in secondary school you may be entitled to a  Home Tuition Grant for students on maternity related absences.  Under this Scheme you can get 90 hours of Home Tuition spread over 6 months according to your needs.
Home Tuition is available both before and after the birth of your baby.

Download the Application Form for Home Tuition for Maternity Related Absences

If you are attending a course run by Solas or the ETB
If you are applying for a certain  Solas courses (formerly FAS) or certain courses run by the Education and Training Boards (formerly VECs) you may be entitled to the Childcare Employment and Training Supplement (CETS) Scheme.

Courses that qualify for CETS
Not all Education and Training Board courses qualify for CETS. The courses that qualify for CETS include YouthreachVocational 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.
Courses that do not qualify for CETS
You will not qualify for CETS if you are on one of the following: Job Initiative, SOLAS apprenticeshipan evening course, supported employment, Job Club or the Work Placement programme.

If you want to return to education
If you want to return to education you may be entitled to a Back to Education Allowance.

How to find affordable childcare in your area
To find affordable childcare in your area and childcare providers operating subsidised childcare schemes, you can contact your City/County Childcare Committee.

The conditions attached to these schemes tend to change from year to year.

To make sure you have the most up-to-date information speak to your TPSP project worker or phone an Information Officer at Treoir 01-6700120

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Guidelines for Schools
Schools have a responsibility to ensure that students who are pregnant or parenting complete their education. To support schools Guidelines for Best Practice were developed by the Limerick TPSP in conjunction with local schools.

Download GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS.PDF (1,379 Kb, 20 Sept 2013)