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Compliance – School Age Services

Compliance / Inspection

Pobal: Compliance, Audit and Risk

The Compliance, Audit and Risk (CAR) Directorate is responsible for the operational management of the compliance and audit / verification functions across a wide range of Pobal-funded programmes. 



The Compliance team is responsible for conducting inspections at childcare service providers that are participating in a range of Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) funded Early Learning and Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) programmes. The purpose of the inspections is to confirm adherence to key programme rules and funding agreement conditions pertaining to the relevant programmes, including legislative requirements under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS).

Compliance checks are conducted during unannounced on-site visits to the childcare service providers. ELC and SAC service providers preparing for a compliance visit may find it useful to familiarise themselves with the contents of the following documents:

  • Compliance Guides for Service Providers
  • Compliance Checklists
  • Accessing the Compliance report on the Hive
  • Post inspection Rectification Actions

Further information on the compliance checks carried out by Pobal, as well as the resource documents referred to above are available for participating service providers in the resource sections on the Hive portal.  Queries on the compliance checks process are managed through the ticketing process on the Hive. The designated compliance mailbox at is also monitored.


Further information can be found here:

School Age Services

Tusla’s Early Years Inspectorate is responsible for the regulation of pre-schools, play groups, day nursery, crèches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years.

From January 2019 the registration of School Age Services is included in this remit following the publication of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) (Registration of School Age Services) Regulations 2018.

Further information can be found here:

Guidance document for early years settings operating outdoors

The Disputed Findings process has been reviewed and enhanced and is to be renamed the Inspection Findings Review (IFR). It will be introduced and implemented for inspections carried out on or after 12 February 2024.
A webinar was held on 29 January to outline the new process – watch it here:…/elearning-webinars-and…/webinars/

National Child Safeguarding Programme

ELC/SAC services are required to review their Child Safeguarding Statement and associated P&P every 2 years or sooner if there has been a material change to the service. The Child Safeguarding Resource Doc has all the information you need.