Update for Early Years’ Service Providers on COVID-19 from Tusla

Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate has developed guidance for registered providers of early years services  to  support and facilitate the safe reopening and operation during the COVID-19  period.

The suite of documents includes:

Compliance Information for Early Years Services Operating during the Covid 19 pandemic

  1. Tusla Guidance for Early Years Services – Covid-19   (Irish version)
  2. Tusla, Early  Years Self-Assessment Checklist – Covid-19   (Irish Version)
  3. Tusla, Early Years Notification  Form  – Covid-19   

Early Years Inspectorate inspections during the Covid 19 pandemic

  1. Tusla Early Years COVID-19 Inspection protocol for registered providers
  2. Tusla Early Years Inspection Toolkit
  3. Pre-Inspection Documentation Request 
  4. Tusla Early Years letter to Registered Providers 26062020 (Irish Version)

The guidance document provides detailed information on the steps you need to take before and after you reopen. These documents have  been prepared  in line with public health guidance and regulatory requirements. 

The COVID-19 self-assessment checklist should be completed in parallel with the guidance document as an aide to help services work through the requirements.

As you are aware COVID-19 is included in the list of infectious diseases, and in the event of a case in an early years service it must be notified to Tusla. A revised notification form for COVID-19 has been developed and incorporates additional information regarding the risk of closure as a result of COVID-19.

Should additional advice be received from NPHET or HPSC  before Phase 3 or thereafter, Tusla will amend the documents accordingly .

The source of this information is https://www.tusla.ie/services/preschool-services/

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