Tusla Early Years Inspectorate. (2018). Developing Policies, Procedures and Statements in Early Childhood Education and Care Services: A Practical Guide. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/827
In June 2018, Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate (EYI) published its Quality and
Regulatory Framework (QRF). This framework was developed in consultation
with the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, and informed by
national and international best practice. It sets out the EYI’s interpretation of
the Early Years Regulations 2016 and the conditions under which the EYI will
assess services to see that they comply with these regulations.
The QRF promotes greater consistency in how we carry out inspections. It also
serves as a valuable resource to show service providers what they need to do
to comply with the Early Years Regulations 2016.
A significant challenge under the Early Years Regulations 2016 is that all service
providers must develop and put in place a broad range of policies, procedures
and statements specific to their service.
Against this backdrop, we are committed to providing specific and targeted
help and training to make sure services are able to comply with the Regulations.
To accomplish this, EYI has the support of the Department of Children and
Youth Affairs. We will also work and collaborate with our ECEC stakeholders
in this area.
Mindful of this, the EYI, in partnership with Barnardos, has developed this
document as a practical guide to help services to develop and write the
various policies required.
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