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, nurserys, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6, under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006.  In this section of the website you will find information in relation to Early Years Services and the Early Years Inspectorate but first let's take a look from your perspective.

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06/05/16 - 2016 Regulations

The 2016 Regulations were published on the 4th of May 2016 by the Minister O Reilly, the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs. To assist providers understanding of the new revised regulations Tusla are undertaking briefing on the new regulations throughout the country the last week of May and the 1st week in June.  Click here for details.

05/05/16 - New Child Care Regulations Published

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 will come into effect on a phased basis from 30th June 2016. The new Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school. Click here for details.

04/05/16 - The National Garda vetting Bureau Act 2012

The National Garda vetting Bureau Act 2012 is enacted from the end of April 2015. The Act introduces a number of changes to Garda Vetting procedures which will have an impact for persons making application to the Garda vetting Bureau.

Click here for Information for provider’s in respect of the commencement of the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012.

06/04/16 - Safety Alert - Cots

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

 

Early Years Services by County

Tips for Parents

Publications and Forms

Standard Operating Procedures

Contact an Early Years Inspector

Inspectorate Update

Questions asked to the Child and Family Agency from the Early Years Sector with regard to Child Care Preschool Regulations 2006

Questions & Answers Mangement and Staffing

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