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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


Underfunding: Chain restricts funded-only 15-hour places

A nursery chain which has defended a ‘general extras’ charge as necessary to subsidise government-funded places has published a new policy to help get around the problem.


Government forges ahead with academy plans in Queen's Speech

The Government has included an Education for All Bill in the Queen's Speech, with proposals for under-performing schools to be forcibly converted to academies.


Unions call for halt to academisation

Teaching unions are warning against the Government’s plans to press ahead with a new Education Bill in the Queen’s Speech.


Government consults on 'unfair' disqualification rules

The Government is considering scrapping ‘disqualification by association’ rules for some settings, following heavy criticism from the early years sector, and is inviting comment on three consultation options.


Early years free entitlement 'crisis' in spotlight

Sector leaders have criticised the administration of the early years free entitlement during an inquiry considering the DfE’s £2.7 billion investment.

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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: 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

Policy guide: Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

The revised Early Years Foundation Stage includes new Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements