Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate

Update Thursday 20th May 2021

As you will be aware, all Tusla ICT systems have been disabled as a precaution in response to the cyber-attack on Friday 14 May 2021.  

This has had significant consequences for us in terms of how we interact with the services we regulate how we manage information that is submitted to us.   

It is important that we are available to you and there is a great deal of work being undertaken to put alternative systems in place but at present we are dependent on telephone and post for all communications. We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available.  

In the PDF document adjacent to this message you will find contact telephone numbers for the different departments that make up the Early Years Inspectorate. 

The latest update (20/05/21) issued to all Early Years Providers is available here.


Welcome to Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate.

Tusla is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.  

If you are a parent who uses or wants to use an early years’ service for your child, you will find lots of information here to help you make your decision including the register of early years’ services, most recent inspection reports, and information and tips on what to look for when choosing a service. You will also find information on who to contact if you have a complaint or concern about an early years’ service, and information about Tusla’s role as regulator, as well as general news and updates.

If you are an early years’ service provider, or would like to register as one, you will find helpful information, templates and forms that will assist you, as well as news and updates.



061 461700
061 461715

Quick Links

Inspectorate News

Inspection Reports


HSE Cyber Attack – Early Years Inspectorate update; 20th May 2021

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Final Reminder for Completion of Registration of School Age Services; 9th April 2021

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Services with outstanding registration applications for a School Age Care setting; 18th March 2021

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Guide to Fire and Planning Requirements for Early Years Services Re-Registration and Change of Circumstances Process | March 2021

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Communication to Registered Providers  re Publication of Research Reports; 3rd February 2021

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Publication of research reports 3rd February 2021

Tusla has published three reports detailing findings from inspections of Early Years Services and parent’s views on the inspection process. Click here for media statement. 

These reports are:

  • Tusla Early Years Inspections - Parents Consultation.
  • Early Years Inspection Reports 2018-2019, Analysis and Trends.
  • The Early Years Regulatory Enforcement Process – Outcomes.

Click here for details

To view  a presentation of the key findings of these reports click below:

School Age Childcare Registration Correspondence 18th January 2021

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Completion of 2019 Re-registration of Early Years Preschool Services; 15th December 2020

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Notice to Registered Providers 7th December 2020:

Fee Collection Early Years Pre School Providers Child Care Act 1991- Part (I) (5)  - click here

Letter to Registered Providers re unannounced inspections 8th October 2020

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Tusla Early Years COVID-19 Inspection protocol for registered providers

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Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme for School Age Services (  Joint Tusla/ DCYA Letter October 15th 2020)

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Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition of our newsletter.

News Archive

Click here for our news archive




Early Years Services by County

2019 Re-registration

A Guide to Regulatory Enforcement in Early Years Settings


Publications and Forms

Quality and Regulatory Framework

Contact an Early Years Inspector

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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