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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 scraps plan to remove childminders from statistics

Ofsted has ditched plans to omit data on childminder numbers and places from official figures.


Last chance to take part in our survey into work-related health

We know many people who work in nurseries experience physical problems: nearly 90 per cent of you reported experiencing back pain in a 2011 survey.


Government deletes controversial rule over apprentices' GCSEs

The Government has formally abolished the five-year-rule, paving the way for GCSEs of any date to be used to complete an apprenticeship.


Guide to Ofsted’s new common inspection framework

The new common inspection framework applies to all education inspections and will come into force from September 2015.


Ofsted set for radical overhaul to unite education inspections

Early years settings, schools and colleges will be inspected under a new common inspection framework from September, with shorter and more frequent inspections.

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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