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The Ofsted Big Conversation is planning to take its next step forward by setting up a structure for regular meetings with Ofsted’s regional directors.

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting with the early years sector and parents on staff:child ratios, in a renewed drive to encourage providers to move to a 1:13 ratio for three- and four-year-olds.

From today, early years providers will be subject to a stricter inspection under Ofsted's revised framework.

The Stop, Listen, Consult petition has been signed by nearly 4,000 people and calls for the Department for Education to reconsider plans in More Great Childcare.

A new Department for Education survey asking parents for their opinions on staff:child ratios has raised concern among the sector that there will be a renewed push for a relaxation.

The number of childcare providers has fallen in the last six months, as has the number of places provided by childminders and nurseries.

Education minister Lord Nash is to table an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which will require all schools by law to support children with diabetes, asthma and epilepsy.

Education secretary Michael Gove has mooted the possibility that changes to business rate relief and VAT for nurseries could be considered at the same time as plans being looked into for academies and free schools.

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.

This consultation provides more details of how plans to overhaul the special educational needs system will ensure all children and young people with SEN receive the assistance they need.