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The early years sector has united amid growing concerns about the number of childcare settings being downgraded by Ofsted.

Providers have organised a number of meetings in regions across the country for the sector to come to together to discuss how to effectively engage with Ofsted.

The meetings in London, St Austell in Cornwall, Northampton, Worcester and Manchester are being held on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September, and have been dubbed the 'Ofsted Big Conversation' weekend (#ofstedbigconversation).

They are being hosted by June O'Sullivan, chief executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF); Jennie Johnson, chief executive of Kids Allowed in Manchester; Tom Shea, owner of the nursery chain Child First; Mandy Richardson, co-founder of Naturally Learning Childcare; and childminder Penny Webb.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance, which has offered its support to the 'Ofsted Big Conversation' weekend, has filed a Freedom of Information request with the inspectorate on the number of early years settings that have been downgraded following a complaint-initiated inspection and during the quality assurance process over the past two years.

26 August 2013 by Katy Morton

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