Early Years Services are subject to regular inspections by the bodies below. If you are concerned about Compliance get in touch.

We can help in many ways from a simple phone call, if you have a query, to a Compliance Visit where we will audit your service and assist you improve and enhance your Compliance or prepare for Inspection.

We also run Training Programmes and provide one-to-one mentoring on Compliance.

Tusla, The Child and Family Agency

Tusla's Early Years inspectorate is the independent statutory regulator. All Early Years and school aged childcare services must register with Tusla for a three-year registration period. Before a service can operate it must pass a fit for purpose inspection. It is then subject to regular inspection during this period of three years where it will be assessed against the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Aged Services) 2018.


Pobal act on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Funding schemes such as the National Childcare Scheme and the ECCE Free preschool years are managed by Pobal, on behalf of the Government. As an Early Years provider you will expect a regular compliance visit from Pobal to ensure you are complying with the rules of the funding schemes

Department of Education and Science (DES) / Early Years Education Inspection (EYEI)

Early Years Education Inspections (EYEIs) are carried out in Early Years services participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme - a programme which provides a period of free early childhood care and education for children before they start school.

During these inspections, inspectors evaluate the quality of the early educational experiences for children participating in the ECCE Programme. The main activity of an EYEI inspection is the observation, by the inspector, of the processes and practices relating to children’s learning in one or more learning rooms or areas in the Early Years setting.


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