A re-inspection of children's services at a council rated "inadequate" in 2014 has found significant improvements, with provision upgraded to "requires improvement".
Ofsted inspections of school-based early years provision reveals a picture of quality services delivered by highly qualified staff, skilled in helping to prepare children for their transition to primary school.
The way local authority children's services are inspected is set to undergo major change from January 2018, with Ofsted planning to move to a more proportionate system that focuses on councils that are already struggling.
Jess Brown meets Sean Harford, Ofsted's director for education.
Inspectorate's annual report on children's social care services flags up concerns over leadership, safeguarding, caseloads and support for care leavers, while a consultation outlines its plans for a new inspection system.
The government says academies are delivering better standards of education for disadvantaged pupils than maintained schools. But does the Ofsted inspection data support ministers' assertions?
Inspection is a tough brief. Just like a football referee, an Ofsted inspector...
A report into the progress made on Every Child Matters by local authorities...