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Childminders have performed better than nurseries in initial results from the first two months of the new inspections framework.

The latest Ofsted statistics reveal that the numbers of both nurseries and childminders have dropped over the five months to 31 August.

Children’s centre inspections have been put on hold pending the Department for Education’s consultation into children’s centres, due to take place before the end of the year.

Ofsted has revealed the reasoning behind making ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, wait for the next inspection cycle for their re-inspection.

Ofsted’s national lead for early years has agreed to follow-up on concerns that ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, could wait years to be re-inspected.

From early next year, regional scrutiny committees will include independent early years representatives to review Ofsted judgement complaints.

Nick Hudson, Ofsted’s director for Early Education, is leaving the role, which has been absorbed into the education remit.

Out-of-school clubs are being downgraded by Ofsted for failing to meet inspection requirements that are no longer applicable.

Prospects has won a council contract to deliver support services to early years settings in Southampton.

Schools need to do more to attract the poorest children to take up two-year-old places and to work with early years providers in their area, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.

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