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Child Care (Pre School Services) Regulations

 

TUSLA Early Years (Preschool) Inspectorate

The Early Years Inspectorate of TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency is responsible for inspecting early years services. Early years services’ include pre-schools, play groups, day nurseries, 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 and the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016 in December 2016. Both of these supersede the 2006 Child Care (Pre-school) Regulations.

These regulations set out the level of service which must be provided within any registered early years’ service. Under Part 12 of the Child and Family Agency Act 2013, all early years’ services are required to be registered by TUSLA, the Child and Family agency. It is an offence not to do so. Registered providers of all early years’ services are expected at all times to operate their services in accordance with the requirements of the regulations.

 

The Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 can be accessed at the following link https://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/20160510ChildCareActEarlyYrsRegs2016SI221of2016.pdf

The Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016 can be accessed on the following link https://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/Stamped_copy_of_amended_Regs.pdf