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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.

The Ofsted Big Conversation meetings held across the country on the weekend of 13-14 September were a triumph of organisation, commitment, passion and positivity.

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.

Childminder agencies are being rushed in despite fundamental flaws, argues Neil Leitch

Ofsted is toughening up its early years inspection system with a new framework operational from 4 November.

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