Policies & Procedures

As part of the CHILD CARE ACT 1991 (EARLY YEARS SERVICES) REGULATIONS 2016 a service is required to have certain policies in place, it states:

Policies, procedures etc. of pre-school service
10. A registered provider of a pre-school service shall ensure that the written
policies, procedures and statements specified in Schedule 5 are in place for the

Policies, procedures and statements
1. (a) statement of purpose and function;
(b) complaints policy;
(c) policy on administration of medication;
(d) policy on infection control;
(e) policy on managing behaviour;
(f) policy on safe sleep;
(g) fire safety policy;
(h) inclusion policy;
(i) outings policy where children attending the service are brought on
such outings;
(j) policy on accidents and incidents;
(k) policy on authorisation to collect children;
(l) policy on healthy eating;
(m) policy on outdoor play where such play is provided to children
attending the service;
(n) policy on overnight services where the service is an overnight preschool
(o) policy on staff absences;
(p) policy on the use of the internet and photographic and recording
(q) recruitment policy;
(r) risk management policy;
(s) settling-in policy;
(t) staff training policy;
(u) supervision policy.

Please click here for the CHILD CARE ACT 1991 (EARLY YEARS SERVICES) REGULATIONS 2016, to continue reading schedule 5. 

Please refer to Tusla’s Policies Procedures and statements in Early Childhood Care and Education Services:A Practical Guide. The guidebook, policy samples/templates and other documents provided below have been developed by Barnardos in collaboration with Tusla to support you, as an early years provider, to develop your own set of policies, procedures and statements to meet the requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016


Also available on the Tusla website is sample policies and procedures, follow this link here.