The Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, has said she hopes to be in a position to give guidelines on how to reopen childcare facilities "at the beginning of next week".

In the Government's roadmap to reopen the country, childcare is set to resume for the children of essential workers during Phase Three, beginning on 29 June.

Katherine Zappone said that she is working with representative organisations to finalise an "outline plan" for the reopening.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is inviting submissions from childcare providers until the 5 June.

Minister Zappone is expected to bring this report to Cabinet on Friday, which she said will outline a "safe reopening for the children and the staff".

"A central part of it [the plan] will be public health guidance that will finalised and received from both Department of Health officials as well as the HSE and then going through the NPHET process", she said.

The Minister said she expects this will be done before bringing the report to Cabinet on Friday.

She said that the representative bodies have said they need the guidelines to reopen a month in advance and that that has "always been our goal".

"I hope that we will be prepared to put those out at the beginning of next week, but we have been dependant on the public health guidance in working with us in order to get it out on time", she said.

One body that is ready to send in its own plan to the Minister and others is the Federation of Early Childhood Providers.

It represents 1,400 providers around the country.

The group criticised the lack of guidelines for providers on how they can safely reopen and called for "meaningful consultation" with the Minister.

"It's going to take time, but it's also going to take money," says Elaine Dunne, Chairperson of FECP.