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Early years special educational needs and disability funding for settings

Funding available to educational settings.

Early Years SEND Inclusion Fund

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Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds with special educational needs who are accessing their free entitlement.  The funding is to support children's learning and development.  More information on the SEND Inclusion Fund and frequently asked questions.  An application form can be found in the download section to the right of the page.

Disability Access Funding (DAF) - Early Years funding to support children with disabilities

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What is the Disability Access Fund?

Children aged 3 and 4 years old who are:

  • in receipt of the disability living allowance (DLA) and
  • claiming an early education funded place

could be eligible to apply for additional funding through the Disability Access Fund.

This could mean childcare providers could get access to a one payment of £615 per calendar year for each eligible child.   The funding can aid making reasonable adjustments at the setting and improve accessibility.

What can the funding be spent on?

Childcare settings can access guidance to support them in utilising the grant. The funding is intended to support access into the provision and resources/equipment.

Who is responsible for making the application for DAF?

The childcare setting is responsible for making the application for DAF, via the Early Years Provider Portal.

Where can I get more information?

See our guidance on the Staffordshire County Council website.


Ring:  01785 278 201

Early Years Pupil Premium Funding

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Extra funding is available to support some 3 and 4 year old children on funded childcare places.  More information on Early Years Pupil Premium Funding.