The Tusla Inspection Tool has been published on their website.
As you are aware the CHILD CARE ACT 1991 (EARLY YEARS SERVICES) REGULATIONS 2016 are now in force. Tusla intends to accompany these 2016 Regulations with a Quality Regulatory Framework (QRF) which will clearly explain what is expected under each Regulation.
At this morning’s Tusla Consultative Forum, Tusla indicated that a draft QRF will be available for consultation in September/October and ready for publication by the new year. Consequently, Tusla has published an Inspection Tool on its website which is, for the most part, a continuation of the old inspection tool and is to be used by Tusla Inspectors until the QRF is published.
Unfortunately, the tool does not give clear guidelines for interpreting the new 2016 Regulations so it may pose a problem for providers during this period. Early Childhood Ireland is committed to supporting you in addressing these changes. We will send you out some further guidance and information later this week and we will follow this up in the coming weeks and months.
Tusla has also indicated that they will be publishing an FAQ, based on the questions that came up at their roadshow, by the end of this week.