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The Department for Education has launched a consultation into increasing registration fees for early years providers, as well as whether provider type categories need revising.

Settings should avoid ‘a Tesco-delivery’ model of early years curriculum under the new Ofsted inspection framework, Professor Elizabeth Wood has warned.

The Ofsted chief inspector has said anxiety about the creation of a two-tier system for early years inspections has been ‘whipped up’ by a handful of early years representatives.

The number of childminders is continuing to fall and has dropped by 9,000 in less than four years, the latest Ofsted figures show.

Ofsted has made some changes to the Early years inspection handbook and the School inspection handbook, which come into use from September with the new Education Inspection Framework.

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.

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.