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 2020-21

Disability Access Fund (DAF) - across all areas of need for 3 or 4 year olds who receive disability living allowance (DLA).  See further information here.

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.

Targeted block inclusion funding - for children with emerging SEND within your setting, this fund is to be targeted to help improve communication, language, literacy and numeracy skills for these children. Download the guidance document and 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.

  Specific child funding Disability access fund (DAF)

What funding is available?

Setting and schools will be awarded £350 per term to support a child with emerging SEND to access learning and the life of the nursery. £615

How often can I claim?

You must re-submit the HEY SEND register each term and include evidence of the child's progress. One off payment across the financial year.

When can I apply?

For you to receive the Specific Child Inclusion funding, you must ensure that the HEY SEND register is sent by:

Summer term: 30th April 2020

Autumn term: 30th September 2020

Spring term: 29th January 2021

NB: only use the HEY SEND register (91 KB)

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?

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. 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?

Yes - 3 and 4 year old Universal Funding Yes - 3 and 4 year old Universal Funding

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

The provider who accesses the majority of the universal entitlement may make the claim. Parents nominate which provider will receive the funding.

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

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

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

How do I apply for the fund?

Download, complete and send the HEY SEND register by the due date. The register must be sent securely via Egress to [email protected] 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?

Once submitted and information is verified, the payment will be automatic Once submitted if the information is verified the payment will be automatic.

How will I be notified of the outcome?

We will notify you by email. Additional advice can be requested from [email protected]

How is the funding sent to the provider?

If successful, funds will be paid in the second week of the half term.  Funds will be included in the final payment of the applicable term.