Since 30th June 2016, Early Years Services in Ireland have been regulated by the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. These regulations comprise of statutory requirements in legislation which must be met by any person carrying on an early years service as per the definition of the regulations. The regulations may be found at the following link.
Tusla, the Child and Family agency, is responsible for the registration and inspection of Early Years Services by the Early Years Inspectorate. These inspections are carried out to measure compliance with the regulations by a member of the inspectorate, without advanced notice. In the event of non-compliance on one or more aspects of the inspection, the early years service provider is obliged to complete and submit a Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA) form. More information is available on the inspection and registration process for early years services.
Tusla have also published a Q&A document of questions asked to the early years inspectorate, which may be of benefit to you.