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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


Robert Halfon proposes bill to strengthen Social Mobility Commission

The chair of the Education Select Committee is putting forward a Bill in Parliament today, which would give the Social Mobility Commission greater powers and resources.


Unmarried mother challenges benefits loss in Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court is to rule on whether unmarried, cohabiting parents with children should be granted access to bereavement benefits.


First aiders warn nursery children at risk

A first aid training body has warned that pre-school children in Scotland are being put at unneccessary risk because there is no requirement for childcare staff to hold a paediatric first aid certificate.


DfE to consult on home schooling and out-of-school settings

A consultation on improving standards of home schooling has been launched by the Department for Education (DfE), while it also plans to consult on a voluntary code for out-of-school 'education' settings.


Major nursery groups reveal gender pay gap

Nursery groups with more than 250 employees have reported on their gender pay gaps, with women ahead in some companies, but men still paid more in others despite the female-dominated nature of the early years sector.


Policy Guides

Policy Guide: 30 hours

Everything you ever needed to know about the Government's flagship 30 hours policy

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