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Nursery staff will have a legal duty to spot potential terrorists, under a new bill before Parliament.

New regulations prohibiting smoking in cars carrying children in England have been put forward to Parliament, which if passed will come into effect from 1 October 2015.

An investigation into alleged sexual abuse at Little Angels Nursery in Wiltshire has been dropped, with no charges brought.

MPs will debate in parliament today whether all nursery staff should be qualified in paediatric first aid, following a campaign by parents.

Early years organisations have voiced concerns that the move to allow schools to give priority places to disadvantaged children who attend school nurseries will discriminate against parents who wish to send their children to private, voluntary and independent settings.

The Government is set to back down over controversial rules which could force hundreds of apprentices to retake valid GCSEs.

The facility to be able to pay for re-inspection of early years settings was lobbied for by substantial parts of the sector, and Ofsted duly agreed to move forward on this.

Nursery owners have stressed that paid-for inspections, while welcome, must not divert Ofsted from inspecting settings within the set timescales.

The early years sector has been praised for the level of good and outstanding Ofsted grades achieved, but latest inspections are running at a lower level

Inspection reports are going to be ‘punchier’ from January, Ofsted’s early years chief has said.