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The enhanced SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) is available to ensure the inclusion of children with additional needs in early education. 

The enhanced SENIF is for: 

  • 3-and 4-year olds (no matter where they live) who are taking up any number of hours of free entitlement who have lower level or emerging SEN and those who may at a later stage require an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), particularly if they do not receive targeted early intervention support; and 

  • 2-year olds (living in the bi-borough) with significant delays in one or more of the prime areas. They do not have to be in receipt of the Free Early Education Entitlement.

If you have any queries, please contact the Bi-borough Childcare and Early Education Service by email on 

Who can apply?

All early years providers who are eligible to receive funding for the 3-and 4-year old early education entitlement may apply. Please note that this funding is not available for children who attend reception class or for children who have an EHCP. 

You must have parental consent to submit an application. 

View the guidance document for full details

SENIF Application Form

Please find the SENIF application Form (PVI settings)

Exemplar application form

Childminders please go to the childminder section below

Funding Options

The level of funding will be based on the individual needs of the child and will be time limited. A new application form needs to be submitted for each term. Funding can be requested for the following: 

  • Specific Equipment
  • Adaptations to the environment
  • Adult Support 

How to apply

Please complete the application form and send to with any accompanying reports/documents as necessary. This should include an SEN Support Plan or IEP for any 2-year olds as a minimum. Please write Enhanced SENIF Application in the subject line of your email.

Childminders only

Please see the example SENIF application for guidance on how to complete the form.

Please download the application form here.

Last Updated 20/10/2020

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