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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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Ban on smoking in cars with children comes a step closer

New regulations prohibiting smoking in cars carrying children in England have been put forward to Parliament, which if passed will come into effect from 1 October 2015.

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Sex abuse nursery investigation dropped

An investigation into alleged sexual abuse at Little Angels Nursery in Wiltshire has been dropped, with no charges brought.

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Call for all nursery staff to be qualified in paediatric first aid

MPs will debate in parliament today whether all nursery staff should be qualified in paediatric first aid, following a campaign by parents.

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Fears that PVI settings could lose children under new Schools Admissions Code

Early years organisations have voiced concerns that the move to allow schools to give priority places to disadvantaged children who attend school nurseries will discriminate against parents who wish to send their children to private, voluntary and independent settings.

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Inspection tracking tool adds childminder grades

Watchsted now collects inspections for a wider range of early years providers such as childminders, childcare on domestic premises and childcare on non-domestic premises.


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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