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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


Families lose legal challenge against Reception baseline

Families challenging the Department for Education’s introduction of the Reception baseline assessment have been refused permission to take the case to a full judicial review.


Gavin Williamson named education secretary

Gavin Williamson is the new education secretary in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet.


New PM Boris Johnson makes education funding pledge

Giving his first speech as Prime Minister outside Downing Street after visiting the Queen, Mr Johnson promised to put education and schools at the top of his domestic agenda, and fix the crisis in social care.


Bucks children's centre campaigners await High Court decision on closures

A legal challenge against Buckinghamshire County Council’s decision to shut more than half of its children’s centres at the High Court in London came to a close yesterday.


T-level funding 'better' than for EYE courses

The Government will spend more than £10,000 on each childcare T- level in a bid to boost the numbers taking this new Level 3 programme.


Policy Guides

Guide to: Upcoming policy changes 2019

A swathe of new big policy documents are hitting the early years sector from September, starting with...

Guide to: Level 3 apprenticeship standard

The sector’s first-ever Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard, at Level 3, has finally landed....

Guide to: National minimum/living wage

HR expert Jacqui Mann sets out everything you need to know about increases to the minimum wage rates...

Guide to: GDPR - Ten common questions

How do the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) work in practice? Alexander Fetani, of the Early...

Guide to: Universal Credit changes 2018

In the latest Budget, the Government has changed its plans for Universal Credit. Here’s what these announcements...

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...