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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


Updated 30 hours guide sets out expectation that parents pay for meals

The Department for Education’s updated operational guidance now says that parents taking up the 30 hours can 'expect to' pay for meals, consumables and activities offered by the provider.


Robert Halfon appointed Education Select Committee chair

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, has been elected as the new chair of the education select committee.


Level 3 apprenticeship consultation is ‘flawed’

The consultation on a new apprenticeship standard is ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘bordering on a joke’, sector leaders have said.


Just a third of providers have signed up to Tax-Free Childcare

The Childcare Voucher Providers Association has expressed concern that parents will be 'left in the lurch' just days after Tax-Free Childcare went live.


EXCLUSIVE: Trailblazer drafts apprenticeship standard for EYE Level 3

The newly-appointed Early Years Trailblazer group has launched a three-week consultation on the development of the EYE Level 3 apprenticeship standard.

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Policy Guides

Policy Guide: Children and Social Work Act 2017

The act enshrines in law a series of changes to the social work profession. Some controversial clauses...

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