Under the Child Care Act 1991as amended by the Child and Family Agency Act 2013the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) is charged with ensuring the health, safety and welfare of pre-school children attending services. Early Years and School Age care providers are required to notify Tusla – the Child and Family Agency that they are providing services. Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate has published aQuality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), to help childcare services to comply with the Regulations. The QRF designed around the quality and safety of the care provided to children.
Regulations requiring the registration of school-age childcare services came into effect on the 18th February 2019. School age childcare services had not, to that date, been subject to registration and, so, this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school age childcare for thousands of working families.
Once registered, school age childcare services will be able to participate in the forthcoming National Childcare Scheme launching in October 2019.
The Department of Education’s Early Years Education Focused Inspections(EYEIs) are carried out in early-years services participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme. During these inspections, the inspector evaluates the quality of the nature, range and appropriateness of the early educational experiences for children through observing the processes and practices relating to children’s learning in the early-years setting.
Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), conducts compliance visits with each participating childcare service who operates one or more of the National Childcare Programmes.