Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate

Welcome to Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate.

The Early Years Inspectorate 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 inspectorate also regulates School Age Services

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 work in an early years service, either as a registered provider or in any other role, you will find helpful information including guidance documents, webinars, templates and forms that will help you, as well as regular updates and links to other resources, 

If you are thinking about establishing an early years service, you will find specific information and guidance on what you need to do and how to do it.

New Applications and Change in Circumstances – Timeframes for 2024

This document provides guidance on timeframes for when complete applications for new registrations and changes in circumstances must be submitted in order to processed for September 2024

New Inspection Findings Review and Factual Accuracy Processes 

The current Disputed Findings process has been extensively reviewed and enhanced. The new process, which will be renamed the Inspection Findings Review (IFR) process, will be introduced and implemented for inspections which are carried out on or after 12th February 2024.

A webinar was held to outline the new process on 29th January 2024 which has been recorded and made available on the Tusla website.  You can access the session, along with the presentations, on our webinars page.

You can access all the relevant documents, along with a number of guidance documents to support you with the process on our Inspection Tools and Templates webpage.

Inspections of Early Learning and Care settings - Information leaflet for parents.

This leaflet provides information on the different types of inspections and others types of work carried out by the Department of Education (DE) and Tusla Early Years Inspectorate.

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Guidance for the Early Learning and Care sector on sleep provision for children under 24 months  

We have published a guidance document which sets out the revised position of Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate on sleep provision for children under 24 months in early learning and care services.

You can access the document on our provider resources page and you can view two webinars supporting the guidance on our webinars page.


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