Inspections and Regulations

Guide to Early Years Education Inspections 2018

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills is pleased to inform you of the availability in hard copy of the Guide to Early Years Education (2018).

The Guide has been revised following consultation with stakeholders and partners in the Early Years sector and was published online at the end of June 2018.

English version:

Irish version:áin/Tuairiscí-Cigireachta-Foilseacháin/Tuarascálacha-Treoirlínte-Meastóireachta/treoir-don-chigireacht-oideachas-luathbhlianta.pdf


Please click on the link below to view the CHILD CARE ACT 1991 (EARLY YEARS SERVICES) REGULATIONS 2016:

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.
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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. 

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