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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.

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

Nearly a third of nurseries and childminders inspected following a complaint have seen their grade drop, according to figures released by Ofsted.

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.

Sue Gregory, Ofsted Early Years Director, explains the rationale of the new framework and gives a point-by-point response to the sector's Big Conversation demands

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.

Irish Ministers have approved a number of proposals to strengthen the regulation of pre-school services in Ireland by law.

Ofsted has published a new single inspection framework for inspecting local authority children's services.

The Ofsted Big Conversation meetings held across the country on the weekend of 13-14 September were a triumph of organisation, commitment, passion and positivity.