Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years Providers

In this section you will find information which will be of assistance to you as an Early Years Provider.

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Early Years Inspectorate Update

Click here for updates on developments within the Early Years Inspectorate

Quality and Regulatory Framework

The Early Years Inspectorate has developed a Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), to support registered Early Years Services to comply with the 2016 Regulations. The QRF does this by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence-based, national and international research and best practice in Early Years.  Click here for more information. 

Child Care Regulations

Regulations governing pre-school services are formulated, monitored and implemented by the Child Welfare and Policy Unit of the Office of the Minister for Children. Click here to view


It is a legal requirement from for all early years services proposing to operate from the 30th June 2016 to make application under section 58D(2) of The Child and Family Agency Act 2013, at least 3 months before it is intended to commence operation. ( except in the case of a Temporary early years service in which case at least 21 days notice must be given) Application can be made via the Tusla TEYIS Service Portal.. Click here for more information.


From the 30th June 2016 each application for registration of a Preschool service must be accompanied by the appropriate fee as detailed in schedule 1 application Fees.  Click here for more information. 

Notification of change in circumstances form

A registered provider (except temporary services) must notify the Early Years Registration Office  of any change in circumstances as detailed on the change in circumstances form.  Click here for more information. 

Notification of Incidents form

A registered provider must notify the Early Years Registration office of any of the incidents listed here using the Notification of Incidents form.  Click here for more information. 

Support Documentation


Guidelines for Policies and Procedures

Guidelines for Early Years Services to assist in creating Policies and Procedures are avaiable here.

Regulatory Inspection Tool,  Regulatory Inspection Report,  Factual Accuracy Form,  Corrective and Preventive Plan (CAPA)

The Report on the Quality of Pre-school Services (Hanafin, 2014) identified significant levels of ‘non-compliance ‘ in relation to a number of thematic areas within the Pre-School Regulations (2006).  Early Years Services are encouraged to review the Regulatory Inspection Tool and evaluate their performance within these thematic areas.  Click here for more information

Standard Operating Procedures for Early Years Services

Standard Operating Procedures are designed to assist Early Years Personnel in undertaking their work when engaging with Early Years Service Providers and their employees.  Click here to view.

Register of Early Years Services by County 

Click here for contact information for Pre-school services by County.

Early Years/Pre School Inspectors

Contact information for Early Years/Pre-school Inspectors is available here.

Inspection Reports

The Child and Family Agency publishes Inspection Reports on Early Years Services on an ongoing basis. Where available the providers responses are also published online.  Click here to view.

National Standards for Early Year Services

The National Standards for Pre-School Services/Early Years Services were launched in December 2010.  Click here to view the Standards.
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