Funding - early years SEND

Early Years Providers (nurseries, preschools and childminders) can apply for extra funding for up to 15 hours per week, term time only. This supports children with special educational needs, disabilities (SEND) or complex medical needs that are impacting on their educational inclusion within the setting.

This is called the Early Years Inclusion Support Fund (EYISF). For most children who qualify, this will be a strand of support from the Early Years Service.

Not all children with SEND require this additional funding and most SEN support is the responsibility of the provider. To find out if a child or your setting qualifies for the fund, ask your nursery or childminder to complete an EYISF application form and send it to the Early Years Support Service.

Children whose parents are entitled to the 30 hours working parent/carer Early Years Education Entitlement (EYEE) may also be able to receive help that matches their attendance.

EYISF application form

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

This is an annual one-off payment to the Early Years provider. It is for 3 or 4 year olds from the funding period after their third birthday (January, April or September) who are receiving Disability Living Allowance.

The payment can’t split between two providers. If your child attends more than one provider, you must decide which one gets the funding.

What parents need to do

To enable your Early Years provider to make a claim:

  • show your provider proof that your child receives DLA, and
  • complete the Disability Access Fund section on the parental declaration