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Legislation and regulation of the nursery, childcare & early years education sector, including Nursery World's tracker of current consultations and legislation in progress as well as policy guides to the most important laws affecting the sector.

Childcare Legislation News

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End in sight for no-notice nursery inspections

In future early years settings will receive a half-day's notice ahead of their routine inspection, Nursery World can exclusively reveal.

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Nurseries and childminders do better in inspections

The number of nurseries and childminders rated good and outstanding increased in the last inspection period.

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Children's centre inspection grades lower than other provision

The performance of children’s centres continues to lag behind that of other childcare providers, the latest Ofsted figures show.

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Education union calls for nanny registration

The union Voice wants the next Government to make the compulsory registration of nannies a priority.

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First aid training will be compulsory for all nursery staff

All newly qualified nursery staff will be legally required to take paediatric first aid training for the first time from next year.


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Policy Guides

Policy Guide: Children and Families Act 2014

A guide to the 241-page Children and Families Act, which became law on 13 March 2014.

Policy guide: Children Act 1989 Amended 2004

The main points summarised by Mary Evans

Policy Guide: Disciplinary Warnings

Jacqui Mann advises that it could be time to review your disciplinary procedures in light of changes...

Policy guide: Changes to Ofsted inspections

What you need to know about the new inspection framework for early years

Policy guide: Employing overseas workers

What you need to know about employing migrant workers, by Jacqui Mann

Policy guide: 'More great childcare'

The what, when and how guide to the Government's childcare reform proposals

Policy Guide: Working beyond 65

Jacqui Mann outlines changes to the law when it comes to staff retirement