The Minister for Children has said that new regulations for childminders will be "proportionate" and "respectful of the home and family setting".

Roderic O'Gorman said his department recognised that "centre-based childcare" is different to "childminding in the home".

Last week, Minister O'Gorman received Cabinet approval to regulate more childminders to allow parents access to the National Childcare Scheme (NCS).

Currently parents can only avail of NCS subsidies if their children are cared for in a registered childcare service.

These type of childminders will be required to register with Tusla with changes brought in on a phased basis.

It has sparked concern that childminders, who mind children in their own homes and are paid to do so, will be phased out.

However, in response to questions from Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Kathleen Funchion, Minister O'Gorman insisted that this was not the aim of the changes.

"I think that's welcome", Ms Funchion told the Dáil, adding that she has used childminding services herself.

She told the Dáil that it was important that childminders were not "afraid" to register.

Asked if the changes would require legislative change, Mr O'Gorman said that proposals will be brought to Cabinet by the end of March to change the Childcare Act of 1991 which would give the minister the power to create regulations for childminders.

Mr O'Gorman said that the hope would be to pass the legislation by the end of the year or early 2024.

Separately, the minister told the Dáil that often people have to flee countries on fake documents because they are being "chased" and "repressed by a particular regime".

He said that anyone arriving in Ireland has the right to apply for international protection, adding that there is then a process which will determine whether they can stay or not.

He explained that in the case of a protester fleeing Iran it would be unlikely that the regime would provide them with the appropriate documentation.

Mr O'Gorman said that these situations have to be accounted for.

It followed comments from Independent Cork TD Michael Collins who said that he believed that people coming to Ireland should have proper documentation.

"No one should be in the country unless they're fully documented and that's the way, if I was leaving this country, that's the way it should be for me if I go to another person's country", he said.