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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


Strong backing for separate early years grade in schools

Ofsted’s decision to introduce separate EYFS judgements in school inspections has received overwhelming support.


64,000 twos to be found a free place before September

The number of two-year-olds taking up free childcare places will have to increase by 55 per cent for the Government to meet its September target, a DfE senior official has said.


Covering up child abuse should be a criminal offence, NSPCC says

The charity is calling for a duty on institutions, such as hospitals and children’s homes, to report abuse.


Ofsted confirms separate grades for early years in schools

Early years provision in schools will be graded separately from September, Ofsted has confirmed.


Ofsted figures show small rise in good and outstanding grades

The proportion of nurseries and childminders awarded a grade of outstanding or good by Ofsted has increased slightly, but so has the percentage deemed inadequate.

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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