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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


Outstanding nursery's 'inadequate' downgrade over mobile snaps

A previously outstanding nursery has been downgraded to inadequate after staff photographed children on their mobiles and sent the pictures to parents.


Experts highlight parenting class mistakes

A government-funded study published days after the Prime Minister pledged to roll out parenting classes to all, has reported the scheme will fail without proper financial backing.


DfE renews drive to set up childminder agencies

4Children is supporting nurseries, schools and local authorities to open childminder agencies in a new push by the Department for Education to expand the scheme across England.


Youngest children not active enough

Just nine per cent of children aged between two and four are doing the right amount of physical activity, experts have claimed.


Toddler death nursery accused of health and safety breaches over jelly choking

The case of a nursery accused of blunders which led to a toddler choking to death on a cube of jelly will be heard at crown court.

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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: 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

Policy guide: Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

The revised Early Years Foundation Stage includes new Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements