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The early years sector has cautiously welcomed Ofsted’s new inspection framework, with its focus on education and aims to cut down on paperwork and data, but teaching unions have been more critical.

Ofsted has confirmed that it is pressing ahead with changes to the way it inspects early years providers, schools and colleges, after receiving strong support from three-quarters of consultation respondents for re-focusing inspection on the substance of education.

Ofsted says it will retain its four-point grading system of early years settings and schools despite criticisms from the sector.

Early years settings have raised concerns about changes to the way Ofsted deals with the internal objections process when a decision is made to cancel a provider’s registration.

This one-day event will take delegates through what Ofsted expects under the forthcoming Education Inspection Framework.

Bristol-based setting The Nursery has won praise for its approach to planning to best challenge children and taking into account their next steps. By Hannah Crown

Changes to the EYFS and new Ofsted framework are based on 'ideological and ill-informed' reasoning, early years experts warned at a conference last week.

Early years organisation PACEY has commissioned research into the decline in childminding and the reasons for it, as the latest Ofsted statistics show a fall of 1,000 childminders in a three-month period.

What is new in Ofsted’s recently published Education Inspection Framework, and what are the implications for managers in the PVI sector? Former council early years leader and consultant Pennie Akehurst reports

In the first of a series presenting models of best practice for inspection, we look at monitoring and evaluation processes at Poppy and Jack’s. By Hannah Crown