• 01616 966 229
  • Request a callback
Stephensons Solicitors LLP Banner Image


Legal services for early years providers

We have many years of experience of supporting early years providers across a range of legal services. Early years providers face increasing pressure in several areas, making it a challenge for providers to keep up to date with many of the legislative and regulatory requirements.

Obtaining strong ratings from Ofsted inspections, complying with the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework, and safeguarding guidelines are vital to your business. Understanding the way inspections are carried out and how to challenge outcomes can be crucial, we can support you with this.

Attracting and retaining the best staff in an ever-tightening recruitment pool is a key consideration, therefore having the correct HR and employment knowledge and support when recruiting, managing, and terminating employment contracts will help safeguard you and your organisation. Nurseries frequently need advice on contracts and policies, sickness issues, maternity, pay and benefits, managing staff and dealing with disciplinary matters.

Early years providers may face disputes with parents over issues such as fees, complaints, and child welfare. They may need legal advice on how to resolve these disputes in a way that protects the interests of the child and the provider. To speak to a member of our team about any aspect of our work please call us on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly. 

Excellent4.6 score on Trustpilot
Rated 4.6 / 5 Based on 2032 reviews
Read all reviews

How our solicitors can help early years providers

Like any business, as it evolves, early years providers may need access and help with a range of issues. We have specialist teams that can assist with the issues you are facing including but not limited to:

Employment law and HR support

To help you maintain best practice in relation to HR and employment law we can offer dedicated ongoing support through our fixed fee packages. We specialise in providing a full range of outsourced HR support; whether this is in assisting with a particular project, providing training to your business, or offering fully outsourced HR support through our HR packages, Workplace Plus and HR Assist, we can help you. In addition to this we can advise on a non-retained basis regarding any HR or employment law issue you may be facing.

Regulatory law

Our regulatory team is experienced in handling issues arising in relation to safety, hazards, accidents and fatalities. We can provide advice around appropriate policies and procedures to have in place to prevent accidents and injuries. If you face charges, our criminal defence team can help defend you and your business.

Commercial property

Early years providers often have different requirements for their business premises and may need property law advice. Our real estate team can help with Property law: Landlord and Tenant issues lease agreements, acquisition and disposal, finance and investment portfolio and asset management.

Child care proceedings

Early years providers have a duty of care to safeguard children in their care and may require legal advice on issues such as child protection policies, reporting suspected abuse or neglect, and responding to allegations of abuse. We have one of the largest child care teams in the North West with nine Children Panel accredited solicitors

Who our solicitors help?

Across the breadth of our teams, we have vast experience of helping nurseries, pre and after schools nannies and child minders. We assist early years providers all over the country. We understand the needs of this sector so well we have been appointed to national telephone helplines in relation to legal matters covering thousands of nurseries.

We have close working relationships with professionals of a range of disciplines to best service clients including barristers, experts, and mediators.

Why choose our solicitors?

We have specific teams who have the specialist knowledge to assist you, which means they have in-depth not generalist knowledge acquired from many years of working within the sector.

Many of our teams are award winning and highly accredited, which is evidence of the quality of service we can deliver.

We can handle cases nationwide and are used to working to urgent time-frames to support our clients when they need it most. We provide multiple channels for you to communicate with us, from face to face and video conferencing to direct dials for the team working with you.

Where possible to give you reassurance on cost we will work to a fixed price.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about any aspect of our work with early years providers please call us on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly to discuss your requirements.