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Member Queries (February 2015)

February 23, 2015

Below we have listed the top 3 issues about which we have been receiving queries from members over the last month.  We hope that this information is useful to you and if you have any other questions or need further information, don’t forget that an Early Childhood Specialist is available to support you and offer advice on our dedicated phone line (01 4040618), every week day from 9am to 5pm.



  1. Tusla Revised Inspection Tool

    The National Early Years Inspectorate Tusla introduced a Revised Inspection Tool at the end of January. This tool was developed as a result of a report by Dr. Sinéad Hanafin who analysed over 3000 preschool inspection reports.

    The revised tool is focusing on regulation areas with high non-compliance. It is important to note that although the inspectors are mainly using the revised tool they can and will use the full inspection tool when necessary and appropriate.

    Here is a link to the new inspections tool:


  2. Parental Guardianship Dispute

    If a parent approaches you to inform you that the other parent is not allowed collect their child, it can be a difficult situation to handle. If you would like more advice on how to manage this please click on the link below:


  1. Ratios for Sessional services

    Here is a breakdown on the ratios:

    Type of service: Child Age: Adult: Child Ratio
    ECCE sessional (maximum 3.5 hours) 2.5 – 6 years 1: 11
    NB The staff ratios outlined above apply to the sessional pre-school element of the service only, and only where all of the children in question are within the eligible age-range (i.e. where the children are between the ages of 2.5 years and 6 years).
    Non- ECCE sessional

    2.5 – 6 years

    1 – 2.5 years

    0 – 1

    1: 10

    1: 5

    1: 3

    If full day children are participating in their free preschool session, they can only be in the 1: 11 ratio for a maximum of 3.5 hours of their day. The ratio must drop to 1: 8 for these preschool children once their session is over.  Full day children should only experience one ECCE session a day therefore they should not be in the ECCE session in the morning and the ECCE session in the afternoon.

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