Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate


Early Years is an overarching term that includes Pre-School Services. The Child and Family Agency is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.  The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, published the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 on the 4th May 2016. These Regulations are effective on a phased basis from 30th June 2016. The 2016 Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school. The Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016 were published on the 20th December 2016 effective from the 31st December 2016.

Part 12 of The Child and Family Agency Act amends the Child Care Act 1991(as inserted by section 92 of The Child and Family Agency Act) known as Part VIIA sets out the Supervision of Early Years Services.

The  Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006 were revoked with the commencement of the 2016 Regulations.

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24/10/16 - 2016 Early Years Services Fees

We will be issuing the payment links for your 2016 Early Years Services Fees from Monday 24th October, 2016. All payment links will be distributed via email by Friday 28th October, 2016. If your service has not received the unique Worldpay payment link specific to your service by Friday 28th, please contact eyifees@tusla.ie quoting your Tusla reference number. Click here for further details. 

27/07/16 - Adequate and suitable rest facilities

Interpretation by Child & Family Agency of Part V, Regulation 20 (1) (a) concerning “adequate and suitable facilities for a pre-school child to rest during the day and night.  Click here for details. 

04/07/16 - Safety Alert - Cots

Safety alert for all service providers and staff regarding safety precautions required  when checking cots. Click here for details.

20/06/16 - 2016 Regulations

To assist providers understanding of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 Tusla undertook briefing sessions on the new regulations throughout the country at the end of May 2016.  A video of the presentation, the presentation slides and feedback on a recent survey undertaken with service provider's can be accessed here.  


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Inspectorate Update

Questions asked to the Child and Family Agency from the Early Years Sector with regard to Early Years Services Regulations 2016

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