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Ofsted is toughening up its early years inspection system with a new framework operational from 4 November.

Nurseries are increasingly seeking legal advice to support them in their challenge against Ofsted inspections.

The Co-operative childcare's Blackbird Leys Nursery has re-opened today after Ofsted suspended its registration.

The Co-operative Childcare's Blackbird Leys Nursery in Oxford has had its registration suspended by Ofsted following concerns about children's safety.

The Welsh Assembly has published its first early years and childcare plan, detailing ways in which it will support families and young children over the next ten years.

Poor leadership in some early years settings means that some children, particularly those in deprived areas, are not starting school ready to 'make the most' of it, an Ofsted report says today.

Ofsted is to trial an improvement programme with nurseries and pre-schools that are not yet good in three London boroughs over the next few weeks.

The early years sector has slammed the Department for Education's (DfE) financial analysis of the ratio proposals as a 'fantasy'.

Complaints about Ofsted inspections are nothing new, but in recent weeks, Nursery World has been inundated with emails, comments on our forum, and our Linkedin group, pointing to growing unrest and frustration with Ofsted's inspections regime.

The recent closure by Ofsted of a Birmingham nursery, which re-registered after a serious incident took place at the setting two years previously, highlights once again the loophole that allows settings to 'wipe the slate clean'.