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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (0-5 years)

SEND funding

There is additional funding available for children aged 3 and 4 year olds accessing universal funding who have additional needs/emerging Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Further detail around each fund can be found in the Harrow Early Years Inclusion Funding Guidance 2021-22.

Disability Access Fund (DAF) - across all areas of need for 3 or 4 year olds who receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Find out more about the Disability Access Fund.

Specific Child Funding - funding for the inclusion of individual children - 3 or 4 years old who are in receipt of universal funding with emerging SEND and additional needs. Download the HEY SEN Register Form.

Targeted block inclusion funding Autumn 2021- The purpose of this Targeted Block Inclusion Fund is to support and imporve the children's emotional wellbeing in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we have found our settings facing. Download the impact statement, the guidance document, and the application form.

EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) - Funding from the local authority via an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), formally known as a statement of special educational needs.  Further information can be found on Local Offer EHCP page.

SEND funding FAQs

What funding is available?

Specific child funding - Funding will support identified children with Tier 1 – Universal Offer £400 per term, Tier 2 – Targeted Offer £500 per term and Tier 3 – Enhanced Offer £650 per child – one off payment in the 2021/22 financial year. For further information please see Harrow Early Years Inclusion Funding guidance 2021-22

Disability Access Fund - £615

How often can I claim?

Specific child funding - you must re-submit the HEY SEND register each term and include evidence of the child's progress.

Disability Access Fund  - one off payment across the financial year.

When can I apply?

Specific child funding -- to receive the Specific Child Inclusion funding, you must ensure that the actual HEY SEND register is sent by the following dates:

  • Summer term : 30th April 2021
  • Autumn Term: 30th September 2021
  • Spring term: 28th January 2022

Completed HEY SEND register must be submitted to Inclusion Funding Team at [email protected] and the provider will be required to submit evidence of the progress the child makes due to the intervention.

Funding will be awarded to 2 year olds in the term they turn 3 years old.

Disability Access Fund - claims can be made for this single payment any time throughout the financial year, as soon as the child becomes eligible.

Who is eligible for the funding?

Specific child funding - 3 and 4 year olds accessing the 15 or 30 hours universal entitlement, within private, voluntary and independent settings (PVI's), childminders and school nurseries. Children in receipt of funds through an EHCP are not entitled to this funding.

Disability Access Fund - 3 and 4 year olds accessing the free 15 hours universal entitlement, within private, voluntary and independent settings (PVI's), childminders and school nurseries.

Does the child need to be accessing some form of funding entitlement?

Specific child funding - yes the 3 and 4 year old Universal Funding

Disability Access Fund - yes the 3 and 4 year old Universal Funding

When a child attends multiple providers, who can make a claim?

Specific child funding - the provider who accesses the majority of the universal entitlement may make the claim.

Disability Access Fund - Parents nominate which provider will receive the funding.

Do the funds received need to be spent directly on the needs of the child?

Specific child funding - the fund must be used by the setting to support this specific child to access learning/experiences.

Disability Access Fund - the fund should be used by the setting to support the child with SEND, but will indirectly support other children in the cohort.

How to apply for the fund?

Specific child funding - download, complete and send the HEY SEND register by the due date. The register must be sent securely to [email protected]

Disability Access Fund - parent needs to advise their provider that they are in receipt of Disability living allowance (DLA). Provider will be required to complete the DAF form and include a copy of the DLA letter. Applications should be sent securely to [email protected]

When will I hear if the application is successful?

Specific child funding - once submitted and information is verified, the payment will be automatic.

Disability Access Fund - once submitted and information is verified, the payment will be automatic.

How will I be notified of the outcome?

Specific child funding - we will notify you by email.

How is the funding sent to the provider?

Specific child funding - if successful, funds will be paid in the second week after half term. 

Disability Access Fund - funds will be included in the final payment of the applicable term.