By Derren Hayes, Children and Young People Now

Childcare providers and workers across England are to be given the opportunity to regularly meet Ofsted officials to air their concerns about the regulator’s approach to inspections.

Many early years providers complain that they have had settings downgraded by Ofsted.
The regional meetings plan has been committed to by Sue Gregory, director of early childhood at Ofsted, in response to criticism levelled by early years professionals at the regulator over its tougher approach to inspections.

The concerns prompted a series of Big Conversation events in September attended by more than 600 practitioners, parents and providers.

The agreement on the regional events came out of a recent meeting between Gregory, Dee Gasson, principal officer of development in early years at Ofsted, and June O’Sullivan, chief executive of the London Early Years Foundation. It is undecided who will host and chair meetings, but June O’Sullivan has volunteered to do the first in London.

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