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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


Spring statement: apprenticeships, T-levels and business rates

In the spring statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond said that he was announcing £80m to support small businesses in engaging apprenticeships.


Opposition parties win childcare voucher extension

The scrapping of childcare vouchers has been delayed, after Labour forced a vote on the issue in the House of Commons yesterday.


Concerns over 'inaccurate' qualifications consultation

The deadline is looming for the end of two consultations into the Government’s reforms of childcare training.


MPs to scrutinise effectiveness of childcare policy on parental employment

An inquiry into childcare policy and its influence on the economy has been launched by the Treasury Committee.


Government aims to strengthen QTS and teacher career development

The government is consulting over changes to Qualified Teacher Status, a revised version of which will be introduced from September 2019.


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