2, 3 and 4 year olds with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) may be eligible for additional funding to support them to access an early education or childcare provider. The additional funding available is:
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) Inclusion Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
- Disability Access Funding for 3 and 4 year olds
The Early Years Special Educational Needs (SEN) Inclusion Fund is to support 2, 3 and 3 year olds who take up their free education entitlement, and have a lower level or emerging SEN. The funding is for use by, and in, the early years provision.
It is designed to support early years providers working with children in the short term as part of a cycle of targeted support and coordinated intervention. Targeted interventions must be implemented with full consent of parents.
If your child is accessing their free education entitlement and has moderate to severe developmental needs, particularly in the areas of communication and social interaction, then your early years provider may talk to you about applying for the Inclusion Fund in order for them to support your child more effectively. All funding will be paid to the provider directly to allow them to buy in extra support, training or equipment to best meet your child’s needs. Settings must have the full consent of the child’s parents before introducing targeted interventions for your child.
Please talk to your early years providers Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for more information.