Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Early Years 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. The QRF aims to support registered providers in achieving compliance with the regulations and enhance the safety and care of children who attend these services. The QRF is child-centred, with a specific focus on the quality and safety of the care provided directly to children using the services.

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, launched the Quality and Regulatory Framework on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018 in Dublin.

The Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF)

There is a QRF relevant to all services below.

Full Day Care Service and Part-Time Day Care Service

Sessional Pre-School Service
Seirbhís Réamhscoile Sheisiúnach

Childminding

Pre- School Service in a Drop-In Centre

Overnight Pre-School Service (For a stand alone Overnight Service)

Overnight Pre-School Service 

(Additional Regulatory Requirements for a Childminding Service, or a Full Day Care Service also providing an OvernightPre-School Service)

Quality and Regulatory Framework - Bibliography. 

The Quality and Regulatory framework is underpinned by evidenced based national and international research and current best practice in the in Early Years.

Report of consultations on the development of the Quality and Regulatory Framework. 

The development of the QRF has benefitted greatly from an extensive consultation process with Registered Providers, Parents, The Early years Inspectorate, many organisations across all stakeholders in the Early Years Sector in Ireland and International peers and regulatory organisations. The report of these consultations can also be accessed here.
 

Policies, Procedures and Statements in Early Childhood Education and Care Services.

The  guidebook, policy samples/templates and other documents provided below have been developed by Barnardos in collaboration with Tusla to support you, as an early years provider, to develop your own set of policies, procedures and statements to meet the requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016

Developing Policies, Procedures and Statements in Early Childhood Education and Care Services: A Practical Guide


How to use the sample Policies and Templates.  

The samples/templates provided here are to support you, as an early years provider, to develop your own set of policies, procedures and statements to meet the requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. The samples/templates offer an additional support to the information provided on the core requirements in the appendices of the Tusla: Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF). It is essential that you refer to the QRF when writing and reviewing any of your policies, procedures and statements.

Sample Policy Polasaí Samplach Um Thurais Bheaga

This sample policy provides information on the structure used for the sample/policies

Sample Polices and Templates.

It is essential that a set of policies, procedures and statements is developed particular to the service setting, the type of service operated,the familes who use the service and to the particular context of the service.

Refer to the QRF when writing any of the policies that are required.

Additional Resources.

The resources here offer additional support to the information provided on the core requirements in the appendices of the Tusla Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF).

Context of Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland 

This document gives information on significant developments in the early childhood sector at local, national and European Commission levels over the last 12 years.

Rights of the Child 

This document gives information on the rights of the child which will be a major consideration across all areas of policy and policy development.

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