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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.

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.

The new Ofsted inspection framework says that inspectors must keep the 'bigger picture' in mind and take into account the history of provision, including any concerns, when making their judgement.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by a 'downgraded' nursery provider has revealed that only a tiny percentage of settings have had their complaint upheld by Ofsted and judgement changed.

Following last weekend's Big Conversation, Ofsted has confirmed that it would like to meet with representatives from the early years sector.

The weekend of action sparked a wealth of ideas from nursery owners, practitioners, and childminders, among others.

With the Government making plans to create a more flexible and responsive childcare market, Karen Faux asks professionals for their suggestions for improvement on provision.

Prospective or current nursery owners could find it easier to purchase premises in the future, under plans being considered by the Government.

Two more venues have been added for the early years sector's Ofsted Big Conversation weekend.

Many employers are confused about the benefits of the Government's new Tax-Free Childcare scheme and unclear about how they will be involved, new research suggests.