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The EYFS has weaknesses and should be improved to ensure children are better prepared for the national curriculum, Ofsted has said.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has hit back at critics of the inspectorate’s ‘Bold Beginnings’ report.

The publication of Ofsted’s Reception year report ‘Bold Beginnings’ has been met with dismay by some teachers and early years experts, particularly those concerned about the push of more formal learning from Key Stage 1 into the EYFS.

Ofsted's Gill Jones explains why she considers Reception to be the most important year of a child's school life

Ofsted is calling on the Department for Education to review the EYFS to ensure it provides ‘sufficient clarity for the effective teaching of reading, writing and numbers’, in a report highly critical of Reception class teaching.

The number of childminders registered with Ofsted is continuing to fall, but the number of nurseries increased slightly on the previous period's figures.

The Ofsted chief inspector has stressed that nurseries must not take away climbing frames or stop taking children to the park, as she raised concerns about ‘overly risk-free environments’.

An organisation of independent childcare providers in Ireland is calling for a temporary relaxation of the rules that all childcare staff be qualified to alleviate the sector ‘recruitment crisis’.

Two early years teacher training providers have been rated 'requires improvement' by Ofsted for two years running.

In the final part of this series, former Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock advises to take special care when interpreting the written regulations

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