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.

Click on one of the links below to find out more.


On March 24th, the Government announced that schools and childcare facilities are to remain closed until 19 April.

Tusla has ceased all inspections of early years’ services during this period.

For the latest advice and updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please continue to visit hse.ie


Tusla has written to early years’ service 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. You can read more here 

For services that were due for re-registration in the coming weeks, we will contact you directly to ensure that your registration continues.

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 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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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

Click here for details 

Early Years Inspectorate Newsletter

Click here for the latest edition of our newsletter.

News Archive

Click here for our news archive




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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