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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


Disqualification rules 'ineffective', say providers

Rules banning early years staff from working with children because of who they live with are 'unfair' and 'ineffective', nurseries claim.


Childminders speak out on related children funding ban

The ongoing issue of childminders being unable to claim early education funding has come under the spotlight again, after Lancashire County Council was forced to back down on plans to stop the free entitlement for children related to nursery staff at their setting.


Council scraps plans for free hours funding withdrawal

Lancashire County Council confirmed today (2 April) that it will not be going ahead with plans that would have seen children with relatives working in the same setting losing their early education funding.


Council backs down over funded places plans for nursery staff

Lancashire County Council has made a dramatic climbdown over its decision to ban nursery workers with related children in their nursery from claiming free hours funding.


Council stops children with relatives in nursery claiming free hours

Education officials have slammed a council’s plans to stop children related to nursery staff from claiming free early education funding in the setting where they work.

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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