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.

Re-registration of Early Years Services 2019

All early years’ services are required to be registered in order to provide an early years’ service. This is a requirement under Part 12, of the Child & Family Agency Act 2013. As you are aware the registration with Tusla of most services expires on the 31st December 2019.  Click here for details. 

Frequently Asked Questions on Re-Registration

This document sets out the questions from the early years sector regarding the re-registration application process.

Re-Registration of Early Years Services Online Portal Guidance

This document explains how to use Tusla’s Online Portal for the re-registration of early years services.

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Inspectorate News

Tips for Parents


Quality and Regulatory Framework Update: 19th February 2020

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Information for schools and pre-school settings and parents of students/children on novel coronavirus nCoV-2019 

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Letter to Providers re Registration Process 22nd January 2020 

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17th December 2019, updated letter to Providers on Re-registration  of Early Years Services

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5th of December 2019, updated letter to providers on Re-registration of Early Years Services

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Renewal of Registration for Early Years’ Service Providers; letter dated 29th November 2019

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18th November 2019: Urgent Notice Renewal of Early Years Services Registration 2019 ( applies to services registered under SDF 2016)

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Notice regarding Renewal of Registration of Early Years Services 24th September 2019

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Compliance with Garda Vetting for Boards of Management and certain ancillary Staff Members

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A Guide to Fire and Planning Requirements for Early Years Services, Re –Registration and Change of Circumstances Process- August 2019

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School Age Services Registration and RE- Registration of Early Years Services Online Portal Guide

The online portal where  school age services can register their school age service provision and renew their registration of their early years’ service is now live, click here for details.

Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter

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Inspection Reports

Early Years Services by County

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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