Early Childhood Care and Education services are governed by the Child Care Act 1991(Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. These regulations cover aspects of the service such as staffing and management, the health, welfare and development of the child, adult to child ratios, provision of food and drink, health and safety, the physical premises, etc.
Tusla, the child and family agency, are responsible for the inspection of registered early years services. The inspections are carried out without notice, and reports are published online. They can be accessed via the Tusla website.
The Department of Education and Skills (DES) also carry out education-focused inspections to services who are delivering the ECCE Preschool Programme. These announced inspections evaluate the nature, range and appropriateness of the educational provision for children participating in ECCE. A limited number of reports are available online.