Pre-School Regulations

Please refer to Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate section of the Tusla Website for information on the Pre-School Regulations, Registration, Inspection Reports and other useful information in relation to the provision and inspection of Early Years (Childcare) Services. We have linked some of this information below.

CHILD CARE ACT 1991 (EARLY YEARS SERVICES) REGULATIONS 2016 became operational on 30th June 2016.

Tusla has produced a question and answer document on the above regulations.  It was developed following 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.  See the full Regulations 2016 FAQ – Version 4 23 Oct 2018.

Tusla Early Years Newsletter April 2019

Tusla Early Years Newsletter Dec. 2018

Tusla Early Years Newsletter Summer 2018

Registration System – please go to

National Standards for Pre-school Services: Full-Day Care Services

Pre-School Inspection Reports

Focused Inspection Tool 

Pre-school Inspection Outcome Report

Our friends in Dublin City Childcare Committee have published a very useful guide for Early Years services to support their journey towards compliance and the continued provision of quality early years care and education.  You may download “To Compliance and Beyond” here.