New Inspectorate Publication

A Guide to Early-Years Education-focused Inspection (EYEI) in Early-Years Settings Participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme (2016) was published on 11 April 2016.   

The published Guide sets out the practices and procedures involved in the EYEI process which are effective from 11 April 2016. Early-years education-focused inspection (EYEI) evaluates the nature, range and appropriateness of the early educational experiences for children participating in the ECCE Programme. Early-years Education-focused Inspections are conducted by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills.

EYEIs are based on a quality framework informed by the principles of Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, and Síolta: the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education as well as national and international research.