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 ask and the types of information you could share on our SEND Local Offer website

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

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 Date Panel Date
 Tuesday 11 December 2018 Tuesday 18 December 2018
 Tuesday 8 January 2019  Tuesday 15 January 2019
 Tuesday 12 February 2019 Tuesday 19 February 2019
 Tuesday 12 March 2019  Tuesday 19 March 2019