Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate

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Early Years Services is an overarching term that includes Pre-School Services. The Child and Family Agency is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, nurserys, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6, under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006. In this section of the website and in documentation, the terms pre-school services and early years services are used interchangeably.

Early Years (Pre School) Inspectorate

Click here for information on choosing a pre-school, contacting pre-school inspectors or to view a list of pre-schools in your area.

Inspection Reports

The Child and Family Agency are publishing retrospective Inspection Reports on Early Years Services inspected prior to the 1st of July 2013 and this will be an ongoing process over the next few months. All inspections conducted from the 1st July 2013 are being published on an ongoing basis.  Click here to view.

Types of Early Years Services

Click here for information in relation to the types of Pre-school services.

List of Early Years Services by County

Click here for contact information for Pre-school services by County

Early Years/Pre School Inspectors

Contact information for Early Years/Pre-school Inspectors is available here.

Standard Operating Procedures for Early Years Services

Standard Operating Procedures are designed to assist Early Years Personnel in undertaking their work when engaging with Early Years Service Providers and their employees.  Click here to view.

Tips for Parents

Parents should expect that their child should be safe, well-cared for and happy in a childcare service.  Click here to view tips for parents.

Advice of you have a difficulty or complaint about a service

Click here for information on who to talk to and how to make a complaint

Registration System

Pre-school services should click here for information in relation to the new Registration System.

Early Years Inspectorate Update

Click here for updates on developments within the Early Years Inspectorate.
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