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Are schools really best for twos?

The publication of this year’s Ofsted early years annual report should have been cause for celebration for the private, voluntary and independent sector, says Neil Leitch

Play is back! Long live play!

While there was a lot to celebrate in Ofsted's annual early years report, Sir Michael Wilshaw's drive for more of the poorest twos in schools is more of a challenge, says Penny Tassoni

Editor's view - Not in the house

Hmm, the Ofsted Big Conversation may be taking a bit of a tetchy turn in forthcoming meetings between the inspectorate and the early years sector.

Editor's view - Paying for it

The facility to be able to pay for re-inspection of early years settings was lobbied for by substantial parts of the sector, and Ofsted duly agreed to move forward on this.

Alarm over Ofsted data delay

An investigation by the Pre-school Learning Alliance has revealed severe delays in the publication of hundreds of early years inspections.

Editor's view - Red tape removal

There's no doubt that the raft of reforms announced as part of the Government's response to the 'Regulation of Childcare' consultation are a sincere attempt to make childcare more affordable and accessible.

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