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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


Level 2 and 3 job-starters must have first-aid training

All newly qualified Level 2 and 3 entrants to the early years workforce must have a paediatric first-aid (PFA) certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in ratios.


Ofsted statistics show further decline in childminders

The number of childminders has continued to fall, with 730 fewer operating in the last quarter and a total drop of 23 per cent since 2012.


Revised EYFS updates Level 3 and first aid rules

The DfE has published the revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework to incorporate the new Level 3 qualification requirements and first aid regulations.


Bill to eradicate child poverty in Scotland tabled

New legislation setting targets to reduce and end child poverty in Scotland is currently being considered by Scottish ministers.


Apprenticeship levy could lower wages, finds think tank

The new apprenticeship funding system could result in lower wages for employees, a think tank has claimed.

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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