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A group of early years experts has written to Ofsted to challenge Sir Michael Wilshaw on his plans to reform early years assessment.

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.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has met with Ofsted to discuss the rise in nurseries inspection grades being revised.

Ireland's childcare system is to undergo major reform following a television programme that revealed below-standard care and mistreatment of children at some of the country's nurseries.

The early years and childcare sector may have won the battle against plans to change childcare ratios, but the focus will now shift to the other childcare reforms set out in More Great Childcare.

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'.

An increasing number of nurseries say their inspection 'requires improvement'

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'.