Early Years Quality and Regulatory Framework



The Early Years Inspectorate has developed a Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF), to support registered Early Years Services to comply with the 2016 Regulations. The QRF does this by setting out the core regulatory requirements in a transparent way, bringing together evidence-based, national and international research and best practice in Early Years. The QRF aims to support registered providers in achieving compliance with the regulations and enhance the safety and care of children who attend these services. The QRF is child-centred, with a specific focus on the quality and safety of the care provided directly to children using the services. 


Click here to further information and to access the QRF Documents.


The information above has been taken directly from the Tusla Child and Family Agency website www.tusla.ie







Together Old and Young – TOY

“A global movement to promote young children and older adults learning together”



The purpose of the TOY Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and create new possibilities for older adults and young children

to learn together and benefit from each others’ company.


Are you interested in bringing older adults and young children together to share knowledge, skills, values and have fun?

If yes, then the TOY online course “Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach” is what you are looking for!

Click here for information on the TOY Programme and free online course.





Community Childcare Subvention Resettlement (Transitional) (CCSR(T))



Overview of CCSR(T)

CCSR(T) provides access to free childcare for children of families experiencing homelessness. The provision provides subvention for all pre-school children. The scheme is also designed to help those transitioning from homelessness to permanent accommodation.


Eligibility for CCSR(T)
Age of eligible child
Participating pre-school going children must be between 0 – 5yrs on their start date.
School-aged children (between 6 and 12 years) can access childcare for the primary school holiday periods only.

How do I apply for CCSR(T)?
i. A CCS Transitional Verification Form completed by Focus Ireland (if in the Dublin area) or from their local authority (for all counties outside Dublin) is required.
ii. In order to confirm eligibility, both the Parent’s and Child’s Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) are required, as well as the child’s date of birth.


Session type:

CCSR(T) services will only offer childcare places for the following session types:

-  Part-time places (between 3 hours 31 minutes and 5 hours per day)

-  Sessional places (between 2 hours 16 minutes and 3 hours 30 minutes per day)


Centralised Email Address:

A centralised email address has been established for Childcare Services to contact Focus Ireland representatives directly if there is availability within your service for children to avail of CCSRT childcare funding. The childcare service may email Focus Ireland directly if a place becomes available for a child to attend within the CCSRT programme, this will assist the Focus Ireland team to locate early years places for children who are eligible to avail of CCSRT.

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You can also call the landline (01) 7036100 to speak to a Focus Ireland member.


Updated contact details in relation to the Focus Ireland representatives:

  • Rachel Morgan - (087) 3666380
  • Sinead O' Reilly - (086) 6042907
  • Hester Rodenhuis - (087) 1744592
  • James Donnelly - (086) 3813563


Click here for further information from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).




DCYA Press Release - Government launches First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families

Monday 19th November 2018


The Government has today unveiled ‘First 5’, Ireland’s first ever cross-Departmental strategy to support babies, young children and their families.

The ambitious ten-year plan will deliver:

1.    A broader range of options for parents to balance working and caring

2.    A new model of parenting support 

3.    New developments in child health, including a dedicated child health workforce 

4.    Reform of the Early Learning and Care (ELC) system, including a new funding model

5.    A package of measures to tackle early childhood poverty


A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028


The Strategy was jointly launched by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. 

Click here for to view full press release.

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