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Over three hundred thousand of the UK’s poorest families will miss out on help paying childcare costs because the system is so complex, a charity has warned.

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.

The Department for Education is giving an extra £31.7m to help local authorities implement special needs reforms.

More childminders would consider providing funded places for three- and four-year-olds if funding were increased, new research suggests.

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 future of children's centres across the country is under threat with more than 120 set to close or earmarked for closure because of cuts to council budgets.

Campaigning parents have won a victory against Tower Hamlets Council to keep four nurseries providing specialist services for children with disabilities and learning difficulties open.

The abolition of national insurance payments for employers of apprentices will not save much money, say nursery chains.