Speech and language campaigners have expressed "grave concerns" that the government is failing to support many children with speech, language and communications needs (SLCN), 10 years after the landmark Bercow Review on the issue.
Local authority-run nurseries that often specialise in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) could be forced to close due to planned funding cuts, councils are warning.
The requirement for nurseries to pay business rates should be scrapped in order to help them cope with the financial impact of delivering the government's 30 hours childcare offer, a charity representing nurseries has said.
With MPs returning from their summer break and local authorities beginning preparations for next year's budgets, it has been a busy month in the sector. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website in September.