Established 1992

  Tusla Inspection May 2017


We work closely with Tusla, the dedicated Child and Family Agency responsible for the regulation and inspection of all early years settings to ensure that high quality childcare services are delivered to children and families.

Tusla regularly carry out inspections in childcare settings around Ireland to assess if providers are meeting all of the necessary requirements and are compliant with the latest industry regulations.

It is the policy of Ballinteer Montessori School to comply with current regulations under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. 

Inspection of childcare facilities is provided for in legislation under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and the purpose is to ensure compliance with these regulations.

Ballinteer Montessori had a Tusla Inspection on 22nd May 2017 and was compliant in all areas inspected

A triangulation approach was used to assess evidence which included a review of available documentation, interviews with staff and direct observation of practices and inspection of the premises. The level of compliance is based on all the evidence gathered by the Inspector.

The inspection was  an unannounced focused inspection and evidence was gathered under the three main themes of Governance, Health Welfare and Development of the Child and Safety - See Below:


Governance: Part 111 Management and Staff   
Regulation 9 - Management and Recruitment
Regulation 11 - Staffing levels

 Part IV Information and Records
Regulation 16 – Information in relation to preschool

Part V Care of the Child in Pre-School Services 
Regulation 19 - Health Welfare and Development of the child
Regulation 20 – Facilities for rest and play
Regulation 23 - Safeguarding Health Safety and Welfare of the child
Regulation 25  First Aid
Regulation 26 Fire Safety Measures
Regulation 28  Insurance

The findings on inspection are documented in the Inspection report and are available for Parents to view.The Inspector wishes to acknowledge the co-operation of the registered provider and the staff members who facilitated the inspection and children who were present on the day of 22/05/2017

Aistear and Siolta 

 Síolta is the National Quality Framework for Early Years Children’s Services working with children from birth to 6 years old. It was developed on behalf of the Department of Education by the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (ECCE). Siolta sets out important standards for children’s services by defining, assessing and supporting the improvement of childcare services. Visit for further information.

Aistear is the new early childhood curriculum framework for children from birth to six years in Ireland. Because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys, this framework is called Aistear, the Irish word for journey.

Aistear is the outcome of many years of research, consultation, planning, and development by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in partnership with the early childhood sector in Ireland and abroad

The Aistear framework uses 4 main themes:

Communicating:  This theme is about children sharing their experiences, thoughts, ideas and feelings with others with growing confidence and competence, in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes

Exploring and Thinking: This theme is about children making sense of the things, places and people in their world. They do this by interacting with others, playing, investigating, questioning and forming, testing and refining ideas. 

Identity and Belonging: This theme is about children developing a positive sense of who they are, and feeling that they are valued and respected as part of a family and community.

Well-being :This theme is about children being confident, happy and healthy.