Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate

Update Thursday 22nd July 2021

As you will be aware, all Tusla ICT systems were 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 and how we manage information that is submitted to us.  

Some of our systems have now been restored and we are able to communicate with Early Years and School Age services via email. 

From today, the online portal through which we process all new applications is available again. The latest update for all Early Years and School Age Care providers and potential / proposed providers is available here. The memo provides information on how new applications should be submitted as well as updated information on other processes.


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.



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Quick Links

Inspectorate News

Inspection Reports


Early Years Inspectorate Regulatory Notice on Garda Vetting published

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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.

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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

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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

Early Years Inspectorate Questions and Answer Document


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