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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


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.


'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.


Childminders in Wales win funding for related children

Registered childminders in Wales will be able to provide funded places for related children that do not live with them from September.


Early years T-Level will give licence to practice

The DfE has confirmed that the early years T-Level will provide students with a licence to practice upon completion.


Fears that early years T-Level will not give licence to practice

Awarding bodies and sector organisations have raised concerns that the early years T-Level won’t equip students with a licence to practice.


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