Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1699)

Anne Rabbitte


1699. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the process by which early years inspectors make registration inspections with reference to the average waiting times between initial inspection and report finalisation. [36370/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The reference to a "registration inspection" is understood to mean the inspection that is carried out by the statutory regulator of early years services, Tusla, prior to registering a new service in relation to which an application for registration has been made. This initial inspection of a potential early years service is termed a “Fit for Purpose” inspection. This inspection is undertaken when all application documents have been submitted by the applicant and the registration form has been completed. An inspection is then scheduled within a month of completion of the registration form. At certain times of the year, summer applications are prioritised in order to facilitate registration of new services in September. Tusla advises potential service providers applying to register a new early years service to allow three months for registration to be completed.