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.

Publication of Regulatory Notice on Renewal of Garda Vetting  

We have published a regulatory notice which sets out the requirement for all adults in early years settings working directly with children are required to have a vetting disclosure dated within the previous 3 years. 

You can access the document on our regulatory notices page.

Urgent Notice – Changes to Early Years Inspectorate Registration Office Telephone numbers  - August 2023

All Registration office Early Years Inspectorate telephone numbers are changing this month. Our new numbers are listed in this document.

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.

When the roof is the sky
Publication of outdoor guidance – When the Roof is the Sky: Guidance for the registration and inspection of early years services operating outdoors.

The Early Years Inspectorate has today (1st June 2023) published a guidance document, designed specifically for those Early Years Services (both pre-school and School Age) operating fully or mostly outdoors. The guidance provides advice and support on how services can meet the requirements as set out in the Early Years Service Regulations (2016) and/or Registration of School Age Services Regulations (2018) in an outdoor environment.

You can access the document on our provider resources page



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