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Early Years Inclusion Funding

Last Updated 10/07/2019

From April 2017, new statutory duties were placed upon Local Authorities for supporting children with SEND. This particularly targets children in the early years and accessing 30 hours free childcare. 

The Early Years Inclusion Fund is to support 3 & 4 year olds who get early education funding, and have a low level or emerging SEN.  The funding is for use in the setting and will be allocated to the provider.

Examples of how early years’ providers can use the Early Years Inclusion Fund include:

  • Build capacity within the setting with additional staffing to support specific interventions/strategies for the child with SEND
  • Specialist or one-off training to upskill whole team or staff member(s)
  • Purchase of resources to support specific interventions/strategies
  • Reduce child to adult ratio in order to support child with SEND

Value of the fund: (2018/2019) Up to £500 per child per year

Applications have to be made by the early years provider, however, parents may encourage the provider to do so. Parents must also give their consent prior to an application being made.

If a child who is eligible Early Years Inclusion Funding, is splitting their hours across two or more providers, the parent must nominate one of the settings to receive the funding as this cannot be split.

Download the application form (for Early Years Settings only) by clicking here. 



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