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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

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Changes to Early Learning Goals 'criminal' says early years expert

Children are being steered towards pleasing teachers over developing a genuine love of learning under proposed reforms to the Early Learning Goals, early years experts said yesterday.

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New 'early years practitioner' badge for level 2 courses

The job title ‘early years practitioner’ will be used to show which level 2 qualifications count in ratios, Nursery World has learned.

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Labour unveils 'radical' plans on childcare funding and workforce

A Labour Government would increase provider funding to £7.35 an hour for free hours, introduce a national pay scale, and move towards a graduate-led workforce.

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Fresh call for UK-wide smacking ban

A bill prohibiting smacking in Scotland has led to renewed calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit.

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'Unfair' disqualification rules for nursery staff removed

The Government has removed the disqualification by association rule for childcare practitioners in non-domestic settings and schools.


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Policy Guides

Guide to: Social Mobility policies

The Government has recently announced a raft of initiatives targeted at closing the disadvantage gap...

Guide to: Childhood Obesity Strategy

Following criticism of its obesity strategy, the Government added a second chapter earlier this year...

Guide to: Tax-free Childcare Vs Vouchers

As part of a new series of handy guides on management issues, we look at Tax-Free Childcare and compare...

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.