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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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Four-fifths of early years providers rated good or above by Ofsted

The early years sector has been praised for the level of good and outstanding Ofsted grades achieved, but latest inspections are running at a lower level

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Early years Ofsted reports to be 'shorter and punchier'

Inspection reports are going to be ‘punchier’ from January, Ofsted’s early years chief has said.

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Institutional failures over child sex abuse revealed

Children are at risk of sex abuse because of failures by councils and other agencies to get a grip on the problem, a damning new report has found.

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Irish childcare settings will be inspected on their quality of education

Childcare settings in Ireland will be subject to education-focused inspections from next year.

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New tool to track early years inspections

A new online tracking tool called Watchsted provides a snapshot of the latest early years inspections across the country.


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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