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Ofsted has issued new guidance to inspectors on registering and inspecting sites shared by childcare and eldercare services.

Four nurseries in Devon are to be permanently closed, leaving more than 400 children without childcare and 100 members of staff without jobs.

The first Ofsted figures on childcare providers and inspections since the introduction of the 30 hours, reveal there are 468 fewer nurseries and childminders than at the end of August 2017.

Ofsted is planning a new focus on physical development in early years settings, with deputy director of early education Gill Jones claiming that nurseries and pre-schools are not adequately physically challenging.

Ofsted is scrapping its self-evaluation form to help reduce the burden on early years providers.

By Gill Jones’ own admission, Ofsted’s ‘Bold Beginnings’ report on Reception class teaching, which she co-authored, has ‘caused quite a stir’.

Ofsted’s early years head has sought to reassure Reception class teachers and EYFS leaders in the wake of controversy surrounding Ofsted’s report on Reception practice.

Action for Children says the Government is 'letting families down' as it finds that four in ten children's centres have not been inspected for over five years.

Faced with a number of Freedom of Information requests, Ofsted has bowed to pressure and published more information on the methodology of the Bold Beginnings report.

The EYFS has weaknesses and should be improved to ensure children are better prepared for the national curriculum, Ofsted has said.