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Child Care (Pre School Services) Regulations


The Child and Family Agency is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, published the Child Care Regulations (the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 in May 2016. These Regulations are effective on a phased basis from 30th June 2016. The 2016 Regulations provide for pre-school services, that is, those services catering for children under the age of 6 who are not attending primary school.

The  Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006 are revoked with the commencement of the 2016 Regulations and will not be operational from the 30th June 2016.

To assist providers understanding of the new revised regulations Tusla undertook briefing sessions on the new regulations throughout the country at the end of May 2016. The presentation from the briefing sessions can be accessed here.

In addition to the information on the revised regulations the briefing sessions included feedback on a recent survey undertaken with service provider’s which can be accessed here. The purpose of the survey was to assist Tusla to improve and develop the early years inspectorate regulation framework based on the experiences of inspection from the perspective of the service provider.

For update information please check the Tulsa website http://www.tusla.ie/services/family-community-support/pre-school-services/


The updated Question & Answer Document based on the Child Care Act 1991(Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 has been posted on Tusla webpage at:


This question & answer document was developed following the 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. Attendance at the briefing sessions was 3,835.

The aim of this document is to assist the sector in understanding the regulatory requirements and support in compliance with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. It is Tusla’s intention to add to the questions as issues are raised and to update the document at the end of September 2016 with any additional queries or clarifications received.