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

Councils will receive a new minimum rate of £4.30 an hour in the new early years funding formula, the early years minister has confirmed.

Caroline Dinenage visited the Co-operative nursery in Swindon, the first in a series of visits to the area trialling the 30-hour childcare offer.

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.

A family-owned children’s nursery business in Greater Manchester has expanded after transforming a former church into its second venue.

A Middlesbrough nursery has introduced ‘drop and shop’ sessions to give parents some ‘me time’.

New analysis highlights the pressure put on nurseries by the introduction of the National Living Wage.

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

Nurseries in the Busy Bees group have welcomed visiting childcare professionals from their sister nurseries in Singapore and Malaysia.