Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Update for early years’ service providers on COVID-19

Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate has developed guidance for registered providers of early years services  to  support and facilitate the safe reopening and operation during the COVID-19  period.

The suite of documents includes:

Compliance Information for Early Years Services Operating during the Covid 19 pandemic

  1. Tusla Guidance for Early Years Services – Covid-19   (Irish version)
  2. Tusla, Early  Years Self-Assessment Checklist – Covid-19   (Irish Version)
  3. Tusla, Early Years Notification  Form  – Covid-19   

Early Years Inspectorate inspections during the Covid 19 pandemic

  1. Tusla Early Years COVID-19 Inspection protocol for registered providers (Irish Version)
  2. Tusla Early Years Inspection Toolkit (Irish Version) 
  3. Pre-Inspection Documentation Request (Irish Version)
  4. Tusla Early Years letter to Registered Providers 08102020 (Irish Version)

The guidance document provides detailed information on the steps you need to take before and after you reopen. These documents have  been prepared  in line with public health guidance and regulatory requirements. 

The COVID-19 self-assessment checklist should be completed in parallel with the guidance document as an aide to help services work through the requirements.

For further support, contact;

Name Contact Email  Region
Margaret Monahan 091 775823 margaret.monahan1@tusla.ie West
Karina Cullen 087 6873904 karina.cullen@tusla.ie Dublin Mid Leinster
Paula O'Keeffe 087 9115333 Paula.okeeffe@tusla.ie South 
Breda Hayes 087 1784593 breda.hayes7@tusla.ie Dublin North East

As you are aware COVID-19 is included in the list of infectious diseases, and in the event of a case in an early years service it must be notified to Tusla. A revised notification form for COVID-19 has been developed and incorporates additional information regarding the risk of closure as a result of COVID-19.

Should additional advice be received from NPHET or HPSC  before Phase 3 or thereafter, Tusla will amend the documents accordingly .

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