Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years Inspectorate - Pre-School Services

The Early Years Inspectorate is the statutory regulatory of early years services in Ireland. Regulation includes registration, inspection and, where necessary, enforcement. Early years services include; pre-school services, school-age services and childminding services.

Pre-school services are play groups, day nurseries, 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 a pre-school 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 a pre-school service, and information about the Early Years Inspectorate’s role as regulator, as well as general news and updates.

If you work in a pre-school 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 a pre-school 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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