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A survey by the National Children's Bureau reveals the extent to which the early years sector is opposed to the reforms in More Great Childcare, with the majority claiming they will have a detrimental effect on children, particularly disadvantaged two-year-olds.

The DfE has launched a consultation on the standards which will underpin the training and assessment of the new Early Years Teacher role.

Eight in ten nurseries are against Government proposals to allow highly qualified staff in nurseries to look after more children, a survey by the National Day Nurseries Association suggests.

An independent focus group for childminders has been launched to seek clarification from the Department for Education about what will happen to childminders who do not join agencies.

The early years sector has urged caution over plans to introduce childminding agencies, as set out in the Children and Families Bill.

Local authorities will no longer have a role to improve quality in early years settings, leaving the future of the work of early years authority advisers and their teams unclear.

Plans to introduce childminder agencies and give early years providers the right to request an Ofsted inspection are included in the Children and Families Bill published today.

The Government is urging the early years sector to respond to an online consultation which will inform its review of how regulation for childcare providers is enforced.

Local authorities are set to lose their early years quality improvement role, as Ofsted becomes 'the sole arbiter of quality in the early years', in the Government's 'More Great Childcare' shake-up.

No official records are kept on the number of deaths, serious injuries and accidents that occur while children are in nursery or other childcare settings, a Nursery World investigation reveals.