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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22/05/17 - Support/training workshop for Early Years Providers.

Tusla  Early Years Inspectorate in collaboration with Early Childhood Ireland wishes to announce the roll-out of a support/training workshop for Early Years Providers.

During the workshop, the procedures to be followed in responding to Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPA) will be outlined.

The format of the CAPA will be identified and explained and providers will be supported in developing clear, solution- focused Action Plans in responding to non-compliances under the Early Years Services Regulations (2016).

These workshops are free of charge and are specifically developed for Full Day-care settings. Further training is planned at a later date for sessional providers. 

Booking is essential and places are limited.  Details of all available workshops are available here and to book a place please click 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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