Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that all inspection reports of creches will be published online from 1 July.

Ms Fitzgerald said that the introduction of regulation for after-school care is a priority for the Government.

Appearing before the Oireachtas Health Committee, Ms Fitzgerald said legislation will have to brought in to deal with the matter.

She said a new registration system will be introduced by the HSE in September and persons seeking to open a pre-school service will have to register.