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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 Guidance for Inclusion Funding 2018-19 (653 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 Autumn 2018 successful applicants will receive £350, Spring/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.

£7.50 per hour for a maximum of 2.5 hours session per day. Claims can be made across a 5 day week. This will be calculated for the duration of the claimed half term. 

£615
How is the payment structured? The funding is allocated termly. A claim can be made each term.  The fund is capped. One off payment across the financial year.The fund is capped.

A claim can be made for one half term across the financial year.  The fund is capped.

One off payment across the financial year.
Who can apply? 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 3 and 4 year olds accessing the free 15 hours universal entitlement. 

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

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, but will indirectly support other children in the cohort. Children's needs should precipitate the partnership plan.

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

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 for Inclusion Funding (850 KB) Form with your  SEND Register Form (1023 KB) . Complete and submit securely the Block Funding Application for Inclusion Funding (699 KB) Form with your  SEND Register Form (1023 KB) . Complete and submit securely the Pathway to EHCP Application for Inclusion Funding Form with your  SEND Register Form (1023 KB) .

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.

When will I hear if the application is successful? See Guidance for Inclusion Funding 2018-19 (653 KB) . See Guidance for Inclusion Funding 2018-19 (653 KB) . See Guidance for Inclusion Funding 2018-19 (653 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 included in the final payment of the applicable term. If successful funding will be released directly to the school/PVI/Childminders. If successful, the setting will receive their one off payment shortly after panel has met. Funds will be included in the final payment of the applicable term.

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