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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.

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.

Nursery World's one-day event on 9 July has a line-up of leading experts to take you through what Ofsted expects under the forthcoming Education Inspection Framework.

A childcare provider is calling for routine Ofsted inspections to be postponed when nursery owners are away on holiday.

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has teamed up with the Department for Education and Ofsted to tackle workload pressures on early years staff.