Tusla - the Child and Family Agency
Since 2014 all Early Years Services come under the remit of Tusla-The Child and Family Agency.
Tusla-The Child and Family Agency is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, nurseries, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6, under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006.
On their website under Early Years Services you will find information relating to the following.
The Child and Family Agency's services also have the remit for the following areas:
- Inspection services
- Inspection reports
- Types of pre-school services
- Lists of pre-school services
- Contact details of pre-school inspectors
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) for Early Years Services
- Tips for Parents
- Information on the new registration system.
- Child protection and welfare services
- Educational Welfare Services
- Psychological Services
- Alternative care
- Family and Locally-based Community Supports
- Early Years Services
- Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Services
For more information see:
Parents Notice – School Age Childcare
Childcare services for school-age children must now register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare.
Services must register their service if their primary purpose is to care for children where their parents are unavailable.
Services that provide childcare for school-age children only must apply for registration by 18 May 2019 and are encouraged to start this process straightaway. School-age services that are already registered with Tusla as pre-school services must apply for registration by 18 August 2019. New services must apply for registration at least 3 months before opening.
School-Age Childcare services that are registered will also be eligible to apply to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme.