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A few weeks into the childminder agency pilots, a number of organisations have begun to consult with the early years sector about their proposed models.

Ofsted's new early years inspection framework, which comes into force on 4 November, will focus on safeguarding, safety and teaching.

Nearly a third of nurseries and childminders inspected following a complaint have seen their grade drop, according to figures released by Ofsted.

Following last weekend's Big Conversation, Ofsted has confirmed that it would like to meet with representatives from the early years sector.

Consistency, transparency, fairness - the same words kept cropping up during the Ofsted Big Conversation meetings held this weekend.

Two more venues have been added for the early years sector's Ofsted Big Conversation weekend.

Ofsted scores need to better reflect child outcomes and should be brought in line with the 'internationally respected' ECERS and ITERS scales, according to a think tank report on bridging the gap between evidence and policy in early years education.

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 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.

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