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Early years providers across the country will be taking part in more Ofsted Big Conversation meetings in the New Year.

A group of two children’s centres in Bournemouth has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ in its first Ofsted inspection since being amalgamated.

Blackberry Bush Nursery in Leicestershire, one of seven settings owned by Bush Babies Children’s Nurseries, has had its registration suspended by Ofsted.

Ms Gregory is to retire at the end of December after 13 years working at Ofsted.

The Ofsted Big Conversation is planning to take its next step forward by setting up a structure for regular meetings with Ofsted’s regional directors.

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting with the early years sector and parents on staff:child ratios, in a renewed drive to encourage providers to move to a 1:13 ratio for three- and four-year-olds.

A few weeks into the childminder agency pilots, a number of organisations have begun to consult with the early years sector about their proposed models.

Ofsted's new early years inspection framework, which comes into force on 4 November, will focus on safeguarding, safety and teaching.

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Nearly a third of nurseries and childminders inspected following a complaint have seen their grade drop, according to figures released by Ofsted.