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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


Owners reeling at huge increases to business rates

Nurseries across the country have reacted with shock and anger to huge rises in business rates due to come into effect next April.


Funding reforms ‘will result in fewer EY apprentices’

Sector leaders are urging the Department for Education (DfE) to delay finalising its proposed funding reforms for early years apprenticeships in favour of a more ‘joined-up’ approach.


Funding formula online calculator launched

A confusion-busting online calculator is helping settings work out what rates they may be getting when the new early years national funding formula is rolled out.


Brexit - No going back

The legislative disentanglement involved in the Brexit vote will keep lawmakers busy for years to come. Its implications for the early years sector are set out here by Phil Richardson, head of employment law at Stephensons Solicitors


Apprenticeship funding: small groups to pay 10 per cent upfront

Smaller settings wishing to employ apprentices will have to pay just 10 per cent of the costs of training them, the Government has announced today.

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Policy Guides

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

Policy Guide: Working beyond 65

Jacqui Mann outlines changes to the law when it comes to staff retirement