Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate


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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Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate has developed guidance for registered providers of early years services  to  support and facilitate the safe reopening and operation during the COVID-19  period.

The suite of documents includes:

Compliance Information for Early Years Services Operating during the Covid 19 pandemic

  1. Tusla Guidance for Early Years Services – Covid-19   (Irish version)
  2. Tusla, Early  Years Self-Assessment Checklist – Covid-19   (Irish Version)
  3. Tusla, Early Years Notification  Form  – Covid-19   

Early Years Inspectorate inspections during the Covid 19 pandemic

  1. Tusla Early Years COVID-19 Inspection protocol for registered providers 
  2. Tusla Early Years Inspection Toolkit (Irish Version) 
  3. Pre-Inspection Documentation Request (Irish Version)
  4. Tusla Early Years letter to Registered Providers 26062020 (Irish Version)

The guidance document provides detailed information on the steps you need to take before and after you reopen. These documents have  been prepared  in line with public health guidance and regulatory requirements. 

The COVID-19 self-assessment checklist should be completed in parallel with the guidance document as an aide to help services work through the requirements.

For further support, contact;

Name Contact Email  Region
Margaret Monahan 091 775823 margaret.monahan1@tusla.ie West
Karina Cullen 087 6873904 karina.cullen@tusla.ie Dublin Mid Leinster
Paula O'Keeffe 087 9115333 Paula.okeeffe@tusla.ie South 
Breda Hayes 087 1784593 breda.hayes7@tusla.ie Dublin North East

As you are aware COVID-19 is included in the list of infectious diseases, and in the event of a case in an early years service it must be notified to Tusla. A revised notification form for COVID-19 has been developed and incorporates additional information regarding the risk of closure as a result of COVID-19.

Should additional advice be received from NPHET or HPSC  before Phase 3 or thereafter, Tusla will amend the documents accordingly .


Given the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, a decision was made in March to defer the deadline for completion of re-registration until 2021. However, we have received a number of requests from providers who would like to complete the re-registration process while services are closed. Tusla has written to all early years’ service providers on 5th May 2020 to advise that the Tusla portal for completion of registration is re-opening this week and each provider will receive an email advising what documents remain outstanding for applications to be completed. 

Please note that you are not required to submit the outstanding documents and complete the re-registration process at this time; however, you may wish to take the opportunity to progress or finalise the process while your service is temporarily closed.

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If you have a query for Tusla you can email or call us on:

General queries

ey.reception@tusla.ie  / Phone: 061 461700

Registration / Re-registration queries

ey.registration@tusla.ie / Phone : 061 461715

Quick Links

Inspectorate News

Tips for Parents


Letter to providers - Inspections in Early Years Services and available support: 1st September 2020

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Processing of Change of Circumstances (CIC) Applications Early Years (Pre-school) Settings

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Preparing to reopen Early Years Services -  Infection Control Presentation (June 2020)  

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Recommencement of fit for purpose inspections 

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First Aid Training in Early Years Services

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6th May 2020, update issued to Providers in relation to the effect of COVID-19 on the re-registration process

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Letter to providers who were due to complete re-registration by 30th June 2020 to let them know that this deadline has been deferred to a later date: 24th March 2020

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Letter to Providers providing information and guidance on concluding the re-registration of early years’ service: 25th February 2020

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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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Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter

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News Archive

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Inspection Reports

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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