Regulations

 The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years’ Services) Regulations 2016

It is the duty of every person carrying on a preschool service to take all reasonable measures to safeguard the Health, Safety and Welfare of the children attending the service and to comply with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)(Amendments) Regulations 2016.

The Child and Family Agency has a statutory responsibility to assess levels of compliance with the Regulations. The Child and Family Agency will work with service providers in partnership to promote a culture of compliance with the Regulations.

Overview of Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016

The revised Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 came into effect from the 30th of June 2016, and will be introduced on a phased basis during 2016 and 2017.The new regulations consist of nine key areas and seven schedules (which consist of application forms and additional information).

Below, we have highlighted some of the key features of the new regulations, based on the most common queries we have received from providers over the past few months.

These documents provide information on regulations relevant to the childcare sector:

Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016

QRF – Quality Regulatory Framework

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