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Ofsted has published a new single inspection framework for inspecting local authority children's services.

Three Greater Manchester children's centres have been judged 'inadequate' by Ofsted less than six months after they became a 'cluster'.

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.

There has been a mixed response from the early years sector to Ofsted's proposals to increase the frequency of inspections for weaker settings and replace the grade of 'satisfactory' with 'requires improvement'.

In future, early years settings will have four years to reach a good grade or face being closed down by Ofsted.

The Government is consulting on reforms which will change how free nursery places are funded and reduce the role of LAs while increasing Ofsted's power.

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