The Minister for Children has said she wants to give Tusla power to de-register crèches "fairly quickly" following the revelations made in the RTÉ Investigates programme on standards of care at Hyde & Seek, a chain of four Dublin crèches.

Speaking at the launch of the Draft Childminding Action Plan, Katherine Zappone said she would like to see the child and family agency have powers to de-register crèches "fairly quickly" and if necessary to close down facilities which are not meeting standards.

She also said that proposals to regulate an estimated 19,000 childminders would require additional resources for Tusla.

The plan proposes to bring childminders into the National Childcare Scheme and would allow parents to receive subsidies for payments to childminders who are registered with Tusla.

The scheme is due to come into effect this October.

The plan proposes to regulate childminders and to allow parents to claim subsidies for payments to childminders.

Ms Zappone said she expects that childminders could be included in the scheme in two to three years when training and other standards are agreed and implemented.

When asked if the National Childcare Scheme for crèches and other childcare centres will come into effect in October as planned, she said: "That is the intention".