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Funding for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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).  Below is a diagram outlining the types of funding currently available.  Further detail around each fund can be found in the  Overview of Inclusion Funding Spring 2019 (642 KB)  and the Inclusion Funding Criteria Checklist (177 KB)  can be used to support form completion.

SEND Inclusion Funding Diagram

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.

Child-Specific Funding - Funding for the inclusion of individual children with emerging SEND and additional needs.

Block Funding - A  ‘block’ sum of money for substantial commissioning or procurement with other schools and settings.

Pathway to EHCP - Funding to support a child through the period when the school/setting is preparing an application for EHCP.

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 in our EHCP page.

  Child-Specific Funding Block Funding

Pathway to EHCP 

Disability Access Fund (DAF)
What funding is available?

For Spring 2019 successful applicants will receive £700, Summer to be advised.  Funding is released in accordance to Harrow’s school term dates.

PVIs/Childminders can apply for up to £10k.

Schools can apply for up to £40k.

£700 per term for a maximum of 2 terms. Second term conditional on proof of progress towards application for EHCP.

£615
How often can I claim? You must re-apply each term and evidence some progress with the childs learning/development or how you have changed your plan in the light of no progress. Each partnership application is reviewed by panel on its own merits.  You can be part of several partnerships throughout the financial year.

We recognise that there may be some delays in assessment and funding may be needed for longer than one term.  We have therefore decided to fund this for a maximum of two terms. 

Should your application not meet the thresholds for an EHCP, please apply for Child-Specific funding in the next term.

One off payment across the financial year.
When can I apply?

Applications can be made throughout the term.  Panel meets every Friday.  Successful application will receive a direct payment to the setting. 

Please submit 3 days before panel for processing. The 1st March 2019 will be the final panel for financial year 2018/2019.

The fund is capped.

Applications can be made throughout the term for submission to one of the following panels:

  • 14th January 2019
  • 4th February 2019
  • 4th March 2019

Please submit a week before panel for processing.  The 4th March 2019 will be the final panel for financial year 2018/2019.

The fund is capped.

Applications can be made throughout the term.  Panel meets every Friday.  Successful application will receive a direct payment to the setting.

Please submit 3 days before panel for processing. The 1st March 2019 will be the final panel for financial year 2018/2019.

The fund is capped.

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 free 15 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.

Lead school/PVI/childminder who has a project to work with partner provisions to support 3 and 4 year olds accessing the free 15 hours universal entitlement with emerging SEND. 

Children aged 3 and 4 attending private, voluntary and independent settings (PVI's), childminders and school nurseries. 

Children already in receipt of funds through an EHCP are not entitled to this funding.

If parents do not wish to apply for an EHCP, even children with a diagnosis can be funded through Child-Specific 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

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. N/A

The provider who has the child for the most hours.

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 should be used by the setting to support the child with SEND to access learning/experiences.

SEND register must be attached.

Specific children's needs should be the focus of the partnership plan.

SEND register must be attached.

The fund should be used by the setting to support the identified child with SEND.

SEND register must be attached.

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?

Complete and submit securely the   Child-Specific Application Form (789 KB) Form with your  SEND Register Form (834 KB) .  Applications should be sent securely to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Complete and submit securely the  Block Funding Application Form (741 KB) with your   SEND Register Form (834 KB) .  Applications should be sent securely to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Complete and submit securely the  Pathways to EHCP Form (781 KB) with your  SEND Register Form (834 KB) . Applications should be sent securely to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When will I hear if the application is successful? See Overview of Inclusion Funding Spring 2019 (642 KB) . See Overview of Inclusion Funding Spring 2019 (642 KB) . See Overview of Inclusion Funding Spring 2019 (642 KB) . Once submitted if the information is verified the payment will be automatic.
How will I be notified of the outcome? You will be notified within 2 weeks by email if your application has been successful.  Additional advice can be requested from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You will be notified within 2 weeks by email if your application has been successful.  Additional advice can be requested from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You will be notified within 2 weeks by email if your application has been successful.  Additional advice can be requested from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Additional advice can be requested from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
How is the funding sent to the provider? If successful, funds will be released to you within 2 weeks. If successful funding will be released directly to the lead school/PVI/Childminders, funds will be released to you within 2 weeks. If successful, funds will be released to you within 2 weeks. Funds will be included in the final payment of the applicable term.

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