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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


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.


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.


NDNA says inspection of schools' twos provision will lack early years focus

The National Day Nurseries Association has raised concerns that schools providing two-year-old provision will not be scrutinised against early years quality assurance by Ofsted.


Inspections must be tailored for the early years

Leading early years organisations have given a positive response to plans for a single inspection framework, but urged Ofsted to ensure that inspections are designed for the early education sector.


Early years settings, schools and colleges will share common inspection framework

Early years settings will be inspected under a new common inspection framework alongside schools and further education colleges, in plans put out for consultation by Ofsted today.

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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