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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 DAF?

DAF is a one-off grant of £615 to support children with a disability within their early years provision?

Who is eligible?

Any child aged three or four years that is taking up their universal entitlement of fifteen hours free early education and attracting Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

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.

What can I do as a professional/practitioner to ensure children/families benefit from this grant?

  • Raise the profile of DAF with parents…we know that there are eligible children in Staffordshire in settings where an application has not been made. Encourage parents to speak to their child’s setting about making an application
  • Influence the spend – work with parents and childcare providers to advise on what is the most appropriate thing to spend the grant on.

 For more information….

See our guidance


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.

Consultation on Early Years SEND Inclusion Fund

Local Authorities are required to establish a SEND Inclusion Fund for 2, 3 and 4 year olds with special educational needs who are accessing their free entitlement. The funds are intended to enable local authorities to work with early years providers to meet the needs of individual children with SEN to support children’s learning and development.


A consultation on the level of the fund and the funding criteria was completed in April – May 2019.

Further information on the outcome of the consultation.  A copy can also be found in our download section.