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Paperwork costs childcare providers more than £17m a year, a Government review into cutting red tape has found.

Ofsted is to collect additional evidence on behaviour as part of inspections to find out how the early years affect later attitudes to learning at school.

Ex-Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock continues her analysis of disqualifications, looking at providers’ obligations to check the suitability of staff

The gap between the quality of early years provision in poorer areas of the country and the more affluent has narrowed during Sir Michael Wilshaw's time as chief inspector.

The sector has called into question the effectiveness of Ofsted’s inspection regime following a TV report revealing safeguarding and health and safety failings at a nursery rated Good.

A positive inspection is vital, but so too are other measures of effective provision. By Dr Julian Grenier

The proportion of nurseries and childminders judged Good or Outstanding at their latest inspection now stands at 91 per cent - the best ever recorded.

Continuing her inspection series, ex-Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock begins a three-part look at disqualifiable offences, some not covered by DBS checks

A ‘rogue’ Ofsted report which downgraded an Outstanding nursery to ‘inadequate’ has been ruled unlawful and ordered to be deleted by a high court judge.

I’m pleased to be able to write that these are good times for the early years sector.