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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.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has hit back at critics of the inspectorate’s ‘Bold Beginnings’ report.

The publication of Ofsted’s Reception year report ‘Bold Beginnings’ has been met with dismay by some teachers and early years experts, particularly those concerned about the push of more formal learning from Key Stage 1 into the EYFS.

Ofsted is calling on the Department for Education to review the EYFS to ensure it provides ‘sufficient clarity for the effective teaching of reading, writing and numbers’, in a report highly critical of Reception class teaching.

The number of childminders registered with Ofsted is continuing to fall, but the number of nurseries increased slightly on the previous period's figures.