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Almost half of childcare providers are receiving less funding then they were five years ago, with the sector "systemically underfunded', a study has found.

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 proportion of children achieving a "good" level of development by the time they are five has increased for the fifth year in a row, government figures show.

Zahawi: Drop in 30 hours childcare take-up 'expected'

By Neil Puffett |

16 October 2018

A fall in the number of children having their application for 30 hours funded childcare approved was "expected", children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has said.

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.

A council has announced plans to the number of children's centres it runs from 35 to 14, as part of efforts to save money.

Closures of children's centres have been blamed for a significant fall in the number of children in deprived areas that can access childcare places.

CYP Now top 10 stories September 2018

By Neil Puffett |

28 September 2018

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.

The proportion of parents to have their offer of 30 hours funded childcare approved has risen markedly over the last year, government figures show.