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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


Alliance calls for seat at funding review table

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has released a post-election manifesto in which it asks to work with government on the promised review of free entitlement funding.


Government spends £30,000 of public money on GCSE challenge

A Government body racked up a £30,000 legal bill trying to avoid changing controversial rules over apprenticeships – and then tried to get a training company to pay it.


Exclusive - Analysis uncovers true cost of party childcare pledges

Data experts have costed the three main parties' pledges on extended free childcare.


Childminders speak out on related children funding ban

The ongoing issue of childminders being unable to claim early education funding has come under the spotlight again, after Lancashire County Council was forced to back down on plans to stop the free entitlement for children related to nursery staff at their setting.


Disqualification rules 'ineffective', say providers

Rules banning early years staff from working with children because of who they live with are 'unfair' and 'ineffective', nurseries claim.

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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