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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Quick Links

Inspectorate News

Tips for Parents

Completion of 2019 Re-registration of Early Years Preschool Services; 15th December 2020

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Notice  to Registered Providers 7th December 2020:

Fee Collection Early Years Pre School Providers Child Care Act 1991- Part (I) (5)  - click here

Letter to Registered Providers re unannounced inspections 8th October 2020

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Tusla Early Years COVID-19 Inspection protocol for registered providers

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Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme for School Age Services (  Joint Tusla/ DCYA Letter October 15th 2020)

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Stop the Spread of Infection

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate are delighted to work in collaboration with our colleagues in the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) to  advice you of the opportunity to  download or order posters specifically developed for young children on hand washing and respiratory etiquette and hygiene.

The following link gives access to the hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene posters that are bi-lingual, printed in Irish on one side and English on the reverse. 

There is also access to general hand hygiene leaflets/posters and posters for older children/teenagers.

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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Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition of our newsletter.

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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