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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


New consultation on local and national safeguarding

Major changes to guidance on local and national safeguarding arrangements went out to consultation yesterday.


A million children with serious medical conditions put at risk by schools

The lives of one million children with chronic medical conditions are being put in jeopardy because schools don’t know what to do in an emergency, warns a body of child health organisations.


Scotland to become first country in the UK to ban smacking

The Scottish Government has committed to banning smacking in law.


Ratios made more flexible for childminders with 30-hours children

Childminders may be able to operate outside ratios if they are providing wraparound care for children taking up the 30 hours in England.


DfE consults on improving Functional Skills qualifications

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on proposed subject content for reformed Functional Skills qualifications in English and mathematics.


Policy Guides

Policy Guide: Children and Social Work Act 2017

The act enshrines in law a series of changes to the social work profession. Some controversial clauses...

Policy Guide: The Childcare Act 2016

At just eight clauses long, the Childcare Act is the law which brings the 30 hours into force.

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