What we do
Tusla Early Years Inspectorate promote the safety, quality of care and the support of children in early year’s services.
We do this by:
- Assessing applications for registration
- Inspecting registered services. Inspections are nearly always unannounced (no advance notice is given).
- Each service receives a report following the inspection. This report is published.
Tusla - Child and Family Agency has responsibility for promoting and monitoring the safety and quality of care and the support of children in early year’s services.
We do this by ensuring that Tusla registered early years services comply with the relevant laws and Regulations.
Relevant regulations and legislation
Child and Family Agency Act 2013
Part 12 of the Child and Family Agency Act 2013 is the legislative basis for regulation of early years services.
It is the duty of every person carrying on a preschool service to take all reasonable measures to safeguard the Health, Safety and Welfare of the children attending the service and to comply with the following regulations:
- Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016
- Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016.
Quality and Regulatory Framework.
If you would like more detailed information on what services are required to do to comply with early years regulations see Tusla’s Quality and Regulatory Framework which describes in plain English the regulatory requirements.
You can download the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate 'Who we are and what we do' leaflet here