Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency


In this section you will find information which will be of assistance to you as a Parent/Guardian.

For more information please select an option below

Tips for Parents

Parents should expect that their child should be safe, well-cared for and happy in a childcare service.  Click here to view tips for parents.

Register of Early Years Services by County

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

Types of Early Years Services

Click here for information in relation to the types of Pre-school services.

Inspection Reports

The Child and Family Agency are publishing retrospective Inspection Reports on Early Years Services inspected prior to the 1st of July 2013 and this will be an ongoing process over the next few months. All inspections conducted from the 1st July 2013 are being published on an ongoing basis.  Click here to view.

A Guide to reading a Tusla Early Years Inspection Report

A Guide to reading a Tusla Early Years Inspection Report available here.

Are you concerned about the operation of an Early Years' Service

Click here for information on who to talk to and how to make a complaint

Get in Touch

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


Parentline is a national confidential helpline for parents which offers support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent click here for details on how to access supports

A Guide to Regulatory Enforcement in Early Years Settings

The Early Years Inspectorate are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of children who attend Early Years services. We achieve this through the registration and inspection of early years’ settings. In this process the inspectorate are empowered by legislation to directly enforce standards and the relevant regulations subject to fair procedures in all eligible services. The majority of providers are and work hard to be compliant with the regulations. They engage positively with the inspectorate to correct and improve their services when and if required click here for further information.

Early Years Inspectorate Enforcement / Prosecutions

For details of Early Years Services removed from the register and Prosecutions of Early Years Services click here.

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.

Tusla: Early Years Inspectorate – The Statutory Regulator

A recent publication available here
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