Inspections and Regulations

Guide to Early Years Education Inspections 2022

This Guide is a revised version and replaces the 2018 guide, and is effective from 2022.

Please see link below to relevant section, where the guide is located:

Launch of Consultation for Early Years Education Inspection – Birth to Six Years 2021

To view this launch on you tube, which took place on the 11th November 2021, please click here.

Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016

Please click here to view the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016.

Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF)

The Early Years Inspectorate 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.
To view documents please click on link below:

Tusla Q & A Document Updated - July 2021

The Early Years Inspectorate Q&A document has been updated to reflect changes in policy and practice and to ensure it is aligned with the Quality & Regulatory Framework  
The key purpose of both the Q&A and the QRF is to support understanding of the principles and requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early years services) Regulations (2016), the Child Care Act 1991 (Early years services) (Amendment) Regulations (2016) and the Child Care Act 1991, Section 58 as amended by Part 12 of the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013. 
The Q&A document will continue to be updated periodically when questions and clarification requests are received from the sector or when there is a change or an addition to an answer.  The questions received will be collated, and the sector will be informed when an updated version has been published on the website. 

Please click here to view the document.