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Enhanced SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

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. 


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 a reception class or for children who have an EHCP. 

You must have parental consent to submit an application. 


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. If you have any queries, please contact the Early Years Team by email on

Last Updated 02/10/2020

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