Pre-School Regulations 2016

Please refer to Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate section of the Tusla Website for information on the Pre-School Regulations, Registration, Inspection Reports and other useful information in relation to the provision and inspection of Early Years (Childcare) Services.

We have linked some of this information below.

CHILD CARE ACT 1991 (EARLY YEARS SERVICES) REGULATIONS 2016  become operational on 30th June 2016.

Tusla has produced a question and answer document on the above regulations. It was developed following briefing sessions that the Early Years Inspectorate had with the sector in May and June 2016. Questions gathered came from providers, city & county childcare committees and from stakeholder groups.  See the full Regulations 2016 Q & A.

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.

There is a QRF relevant to all services below.  Full list of QRF can be found here.  


New Registrations with TUSLA

Please go to http://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/new-providers

National Standards for Pre-school Services: Full-Day Care Service

Pre-School Inspection Reports

Focused Inspection Tool

Pre-school Inspection Outcome Report

Standard Operating Procedures

Written documents requested by Inspector during the course of Early Years Inspection