Early Years SEND funding

All schools and settings are expected to follow a graduated approach to identify and meet the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Most children will make good progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum via Inclusive Quality First Teaching, or with some additional support from within the school or setting’s own resources.

There will be a very small number of children with complex needs who may require additional funding to access their early education and childcare place. Information about which children might be eligible can be found in the early years section of the Graduated Approach Guidance.

If you are a parent and are worrried about your child's progress, your first step should be to speak to your child's school or early years setting, such as a day nursery, preschool playgroup or childminder. Get more information about what to do if you are worried about your child's progress on our SEND Local Offer.

Find out more about the different types of grants and how early education providers can apply for them:

  • Transition Grant for additional staff time during an induction period.
  • Early Education SEND Support Grant for additional support so a child can attend their early education place.
  • Childcare Access Grant for children with the most complex needs who require support to safely access 30 hours free childcare.
  • Disability Access Fund additional funding for providers to support 3 and 4 year old children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to access their funded early education entitlement.

All applications are reviewed by the multiagency Early Years SEND Panel which meets every month. The panel will agree the level of funding based on the child's needs. As the children are still at the early stages of development, funding will be allocated on a short term basis and reviewed regularly. Applications and supporting information must be submitted by the deadline date below. Any applications received after the deadline date will be reviewed at the following panel meeting.

Panel Dates
Deadline DatePanel Date
Wednesday 12 January 2022 Wednesday 19 January 2022
Wednesday 2 February 2022 Wednesday 9 February 2022
Wednesday 9 March 2022 Wednesday 16 March 2022