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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


Sector airs views on red tape

With the forthcoming expansion of the free entitlement, the overwhelming message from the sector is that early years businesses need help to ensure provision can grow to meet the demand.


Twinkles Nursery group's urban expansion

A nursery chain is celebrating adding a sixth site to its portfolio after planners approved the conversion of a former city centre office building.


Sector responds to cutting red tape review

The sector has responded boldly to the Government’s review of the red tape burdening early years provision, amid fears of a ‘tipping point’.


Serious case reviews to be axed in child protection shakeup

Serious case reviews are to be scrapped, the government has announced.


Underfunding: Chain restricts funded-only 15-hour places

A nursery chain which has defended a ‘general extras’ charge as necessary to subsidise government-funded places has published a new policy to help get around the problem.

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Policy Guides

Policy Guide: The Childcare Act 2016

At just eight clauses long, the Childcare Act is the law which brings the 30 hours into force.

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: 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