The National Quality Standards are intended to provide a clear and easy-to-use tool for Pre-School Inspectors, pre-school service providers and parents using pre-school services. The outcomes and the criteria have been designed to be easy to read and easy to understand, and to support providers to deliver a high quality service and support users in choosing the childcare service best suited to their needs.
In developing this document, a conscious effort was made to ensure that the Standards would encourage providers to deliver a higher level of quality than is strictly required under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No 2) Regulations.
National Pre-School Standards
The Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No. 2) Regulations 2006, which provide the regulatory framework for pre-school services in the State, were made by Brian Lenihan T.D., the then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and were brought into effect in September 2007.
Early Years providers can avail of a number of grant/funding schemes under the National Childcare Investment Programme. These include: