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 settings in Ireland will be subject to education-focused inspections from next year.
A new online tracking tool called Watchsted provides a snapshot of the latest early years inspections across the country.
The National Day Nurseries Association has raised concerns that schools providing two-year-old provision will not be scrutinised against early years quality assurance by Ofsted.
Leading early years organisations have given a positive response to plans for a single inspection framework, but urged Ofsted to ensure that inspections are designed for the early education sector.
Early years settings will be inspected under a new common inspection framework alongside schools and further education colleges, in plans put out for consultation by Ofsted today.
A guide to the 241-page Children and Families Act, which became law on 13 March 2014.
The main points summarised by Mary Evans
Jacqui Mann advises that it could be time to review your disciplinary procedures in light of changes...
What you need to know about the new inspection framework for early years
What you need to know about employing migrant workers, by Jacqui Mann
The what, when and how guide to the Government's childcare reform proposals
Jacqui Mann outlines changes to the law when it comes to staff retirement