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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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Childcare minister calls for business rate relief for nurseries

Local authorities will be given a financial incentive to encourage them to offer business rate relief to nurseries.

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Reporting 'risk of radicalisation' could be 'duty'

Nursery staff will be told to report young children they deem at risk of radicalisation, under plans put out for consultation by the Home Office.

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Children's centres: Why are inspection grades suffering?

The latest Ofsted results for children's centres suggest that performance is poor in comparison to other types of childcare provision. Gabriella Jozwiak investigates the facts behind the figures.

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Terrorism bill means nurseries 'must understand risk of radicalisation'

Nursery staff will have a legal duty to spot potential terrorists, under a new bill before Parliament.

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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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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