Department of Education and Skills (DES) Inspections for ECCE Services

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) works to improve the quality of learning for children and young people in Irish schools, centres for education, early years settings providing State funded early childhood care and education for children from 2 years 8 months until they enrol in primary school and other learning settings. Inspections are designed to evaluate key aspects of education provision in the educational setting inspected and to promote improvement in that setting.

The DES has published Guide to Early Years Education Inspections (EYEI) which outlines how they conduct inspections in early years settings and is effective from 1 September 2018.