Early years education providers can apply for additional funding from the Disability Access Fund (DAF) to support children with SEND who use free early education for 3 and 4-year-olds. Providers will receive a one off payment of £615 per financial year, once the claim for early education funding has been submitted via the portal, and the evidence provided has been verified. The funding will be paid in the second half of the term the child accesses their entitlement initially, and then 12 months thereafter if the child remains eligible, and the claim for funding has been received. It is made directly to the parent’s nominated early years education provider, so they can make reasonable adjustments to their provision to meet the needs of the child.
To be eligible a child must:
Early years education providers are ultimately responsible for identifying eligible children and should speak to the parent or carer to find out if a child meets the eligibility criteria.
The provider will need to check that the child gets DLA by requesting evidence (the award letter from the Department for Work and Pensions) from the parent or carer. The parent or carer must also complete a disability access fund application form with the provider, who will send it to us to check eligibility.
Please note, 4-year-olds in primary or infant school reception classes are not eligible for disability access funding.