The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016
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The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 commenced in June 2016. These regulations replaced the 2006 regulations and established, for the first time, a Registration System for Early Years Providers. Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is the statutory authority that inspects early years services such as preschools, nurseries, creches and Montessori schools. All services are required to register including temporary services such as summer camps. Members of the public via the Internet can access:
- The name of service
- Name of person in Charge
- The Date of registration
- Type of service
- Age Profile
- Any condition attached
Members of the public can also access the Inspectorate Reports. It is therefore imperative that your service or school is compliant with the regulations to ensure a quality service is maintained and to ensure your reputation as a professional organisation is not damaged.
The role of the Inspectorate is to determine the extent of which
- The service is well governed
- The health, welfare and development of each child is supported
- Children are safe
- The premises are safe, suitable and appropriate for the care and education of children
Tusla can Deregister for the following reasons:
- Conviction of an offence
- Failure or delay to furnish with information
- Misleading information
- If a condition is contravened
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