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Childcare Act 1991

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Part VII: Is the aspect of the legislation that relates to the early childcare and education sector.

Regulations as to pre-school services:
The law in Ireland provides for the regulation and inspection of pre-school childcare services. Under the childcare act of 1991 the HSE in Ireland is charged with ensuring the health, safety and welfare of preschool children attending services. Pre-school children are defined by law as children under 6 years of age, who are not attending a national school or equivalent. Pre-school services include pre-schools, crèches, day nurseries, play groups, Montessori, childminders and other similar services looking after more than 3 pre-school children.

Giving of notice to health board:
All pre-school care providers are required to notify the health board that they are providing such service to the public. They are required to hold all responsibility and put in place certain measures to safe guard the children’s well being and safety while attending their service.

Duty of person carrying on pre-school service:
It is the duty of all persons carrying on pre-school services to make sure the children’s health safety and welfare is being safe guarded. Pre-school providers are responsible for the children in their care from the moment they arrive until they are collected. They duty of this person is to make sure the environment in which their service is provided in is kept clean so no harm can come to the child’s health and child friendly they have to be sure that the child can come to no harm in their setting. the person must also ensure their staff have the right qualifications and training to work in the childcare sector. Its is also the duty of the person to make sure they follow all the regulations in the legislation. These persons have many regulations to follow such as staff to children ratios which are set out by the board and must be followed to ensure the safety of the child.

Supervision of pre-school services:
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