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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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Less than half of children's centres 'good or better'

Less than half of children’s centres in the latest round of inspections were rated good or outstanding, Ofsted figures show.

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Guidance on 'British values' could pave the way for complaints

Guidance about local authorities’ new role over the thorny issue of ‘British values’ in early education could leave the early years sector open to more complaints, a charity has warned.

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Ofsted unveils childminder agency handbook

Ofsted has published its new Childminder agency handbook, along with the application forms that people will need if they wish to apply to become an agency.

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Ireland Reforms - Progress is slow for Ireland's childcare sector

More than a year since a television programme revealed below-standards of care and mistreatment at some of Ireland's creches, little improvement appears to have been made to the country's childcare.

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General Election - The state of play for families

A 'stocktake' of family-focused policies from the three main political parties provides some insight into where their priorities lie. Chief executive of charity 4Children Anne Longfield explains.


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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