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Childminders have performed better than nurseries in initial results from the first two months of the new inspections framework.

Feedback from the new inspections is heartening, writes Gill Jones

Ofsted has praised her ‘exemplary’ assessment and inclusion system – here, Lyndsey Murray, manager of St Richard’s Atherton Pre-School, shares her methods

The latest Ofsted statistics reveal that the numbers of both nurseries and childminders have dropped over the five months to 31 August.

Children’s centre inspections have been put on hold pending the Department for Education’s consultation into children’s centres, due to take place before the end of the year.

Ofsted has revealed the reasoning behind making ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, wait for the next inspection cycle for their re-inspection.

As well as the usual big-hitters, this year's table of the 25 largest nursery chains in the UK features an influx of fresh faces, with many entries growing rapidly in the past year.Ofsted grades are on the rise too

What does inspection actually feel like under Ofsted’s new framework? Hannah Crown speaks to three nurseries for their thoughts on the key changes in emphasis

Ofsted’s national lead for early years has agreed to follow-up on concerns that ‘requires improvement’ childminders, unlike nurseries, could wait years to be re-inspected.

Inspection days are stressful for practitioners, but they can be a worry for parents too - since they have a part to play, and poor results can themselves affect quality, says Working Mum