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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


Ofsted drops brought-forward complaints inspections

Ofsted has confirmed that it will no longer bring forward full inspections when a complaint is made against a provider.


Apprenticeships get year's reprieve on GCSE entry requirement

A one-year stay of execution has been granted over maths and English GCSEs for apprentices.


Nurseries must teach children 'British Values' or lose their funding

Nurseries that fail to teach children 'Fundamental British Values' will see their funding stripped away by their local authority.


Early years inspections could be merged with schools and FE and skills

Ofsted is considering merging inspections for early years, schools and further education colleges.


SEND code gains parliamentary approval

New statutory guidance on how early years providers should support children with special educational needs and disabilities has been approved by Parliament.

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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