Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency


A Guide to Inspection in Early Years Services

The purpose of this guide is to detail the main components of an early years service inspection. This will inform the registered service provider of the approach to regulatory inspections which are aimed at securing and sustaining compliance with relevant legislation by early years services.

It should be regarded as an explanation of normal procedures, as inspections will differ according to the evidence observed and provided.

Pedagogical principles of the Tusla Early Years Inspection process

The work of Tusla early years inspectorate is underpinned by a number of pedagogical principles based on our experience and expert knowledge of child development, early learning and care and pedagogy.  This document describes those principles.

Supporting Quality Early Years Provision Through Registration, Inspection and Enforcement

The Tusla early years inspectorate is committed to supporting quality Early Years Provision through its practices and processes including registration, inspection and enforcement. This document describes quality in early years provision and how the inspectorate supports and measures it.

Guidance for providers of early years services operating outdoors

The following guidance has been developed by the EYI to support Early Years providers who are extending their curriculum programme outdoors by  offer  a seamless provision / blended provision  approach or conduct their early years service fully outdoors.

Tusla EYI Childminders International Review

In 2020 the Early Years Inspectorate undertook a review of the registration, regulation, inspection, and enforcement of the childminding sector in six international jurisdictions. The findings from the review identified that there are a range of approaches to the regulation of childminding.

Guide to Fire and Planning Requirements for Early Years Services Re-Registration and Change of Circumstances Process | March 2021

Irish version.

Tusla Early Years’ Inspections - Parents Consultation  February 2021

Tusla Early Years Inspectorate undertook a consultation which sought parents’ views about inspections of Early Years Services, and the best way to include these views in the inspection process.

Summary Report of Tusla Early Years Inspections: Parents Consultation | Irish Version

Tusla Early Years Inspections-Parents Consultation | Irish Version

Early Years’ Inspection Reports 2018-2019, Analysis and Trends  February

A report on inspection findings which identifies those regulations that providers ar most compliant and non-compliant with and the proportion of services that come into compliance during the regulatory process.

Summary Report of Early Years Inspection Reports 2018–2019: Analysis and Trends | Irish Version

Report of Early Years Inspection Reports 2018–2019: Analysis and Trends | Irish Version

The Early Years’ Regulatory Enforcement Process February 2021  – Outcomes

A review of our regulatory enforcement processes. Irish Version

Summary Report of the Early Years Regulatory Enforcement Process: Outcomes | Irish Version



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