HALIFAX -- The Nova Scotia government says it took immediate action after several child-care centres across the province violated daycare regulations.

The department says inspections found that two daycares failed to report suspected cases of child abuse in the last two years, despite the law requiring that abuse be reported.

Karen Casey, the minister of education and early childhood development, says suspected child abuse must now be reported directly to the minister within 24 hours.

The province released a list of violations, which included complaints of workers using physical punishment, harsh language and a child wandering away from a daycare.

Casey says the province is also reviewing daycare regulations.