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Ofsted's new early years inspection framework, which comes into force on 4 November, will focus on safeguarding, safety and teaching.

One in seven local authorities in England has 'inadequate' child protection arrangements, according to a new report by Ofsted.

The Welsh Assembly's draft budget includes more money for the Flying Start scheme in a bid to to help up to 36,000 vulnerable families with young children.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance has branded the new Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) a disaster after learning that volunteers had wrongly paid for their checks.

Childminder agencies are being rushed in despite fundamental flaws, argues Neil Leitch

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) is calling on the Government to give children the legal right to an independent advocate at child protection conferences.

More focus needs to be placed on the needs of children revised Government guidelines on safeguarding state.

Reforms to increase ratios to allow nursery staff and childminder to look after more children are at odds with Government policy to foster close one-to-one bonds with children, an early years expert will say today.

The second reading of the Children and Families Bill is taking place in the House of Commons.

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