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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


Nick Hudson steps down as Ofsted drops early years division

Nick Hudson, Ofsted’s director for Early Education, is leaving the role, which has been absorbed into the education remit.


Out-of-school clubs judged against old criteria

Out-of-school clubs are being downgraded by Ofsted for failing to meet inspection requirements that are no longer applicable.


Prospects to run Early Years Support Service for council

Prospects has won a council contract to deliver support services to early years settings in Southampton.


Ofsted Early Years Annual Report: Quality up, but too few twos in schools

Schools need to do more to attract the poorest children to take up two-year-old places and to work with early years providers in their area, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.


Tax-Free Childcare delayed until 2017

Tax-free childcare (TFC) has been delayed until early 2017, following a legal challenge from the childcare voucher provider companies.

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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