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Early Years Special Educational Needs (SEN) Inclusion Funding

Is your child eligible for additional funding to support them in their Early Years setting?

Your child may be eligible to receive support from the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund if they:

  • Are in receipt of the Free Entitlement to Early Learning (FEEL) *2, 3 & 4 year old funding and attend a child-minder, PVI setting or nursery school/ school in Royal Greenwich.
  • Have a lower level or emerging Special Educational Need (SEN) or have a more complex developmental/ medical need.

*Is my child entitled to a two year old early learning provision?


  • Households receiving universal credit and have a net earning of less than £15,400 a year*
  • Looked After Children
  • Child with an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • Child in receipt of **Disability Living Allowance
  • Child with care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Easy Read - Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds

How can my child be referred?

All early years’ settings are expected to meet the needs of most children from within their own nursery resources, with appropriately differentiated planning (this includes providing support within the normal setting ratio of staff)

If however, you and the professionals involved agree that your child may require additional support, the nursery or other professionals can make an application for SEN Inclusion Funding. These professionals may include:

  • the early years’ setting including child-minders
  • any professional working with your child and family.
  • All applications/ reviews should be emailed to the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund at


Amendment to the SEN Inclusion Fund- required evidence from September 2021

Please see the updated Information Pack and WORD version of the Application and Review form for the SEN Inclusion Funding in ‘downloads’…..

SENIF/DAF information pack

SENIF/DAF application/review form

WORD versions of the above templates can be found under 'Downloads'

Paperwork to send to support the application for extra support?

When the setting apply they will need to provide information to the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund to help them make their decision which MUST include:

  • Information from you, including signed parental consent to show that you have been involved in decision making and want the application to go ahead.
  • Completed application form
  • Specific interventions required detailed in a Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
  • Timetable of support
  • Relevant reports from services supporting your child which inform the PLP

And MAY included:

  • TAC meeting notes
  • Relevant risk assessments and/ or Health Care Plan
  • One page profile/ Draft profile

You may find it helpful to watch the short video guide below ahead of making an application

How the Early Years Inclusion Fund makes decisions?

  • The Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund uses the SEND Code of Practice 0-25yrs, which is the statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
  • The Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund will work within the guidelines of the Department for Education Early Education and Childcare statutory guidance for local authorities.
  • The Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund will check all decisions are made in a fair way by moderating applications/ reviews for children on a regular basis through quality assurance and management oversight.
  • The Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund will ensure all funding will be reviewed on regular basis (once a term) and will use transparent systems that are in place.

What happens after my child’s application has been sent in?

  • In most cases, if the information sent with the application is detailed, you should get a decision back within 2 weeks. This should help you to get a quick decision for your child and get the support in place as soon as possible.
  • The decision will be communicated to the person who made the referral for your child by letter and they will be the person responsible for letting you and the setting know the decision made. The letter will also tell the setting when the funding will be reviewed and the paperwork they need to send for the review. This will normally be every term.
  • On some occasions, a decision will be harder to make and will need to go to an Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund panel to make a decision.

What is a review?

  • Your child’s progress will be reviewed regularly, particularly if he/she needs this type of support. The setting will be expected to put this review in writing, and send the review form to the Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund at least 2 weeks before the agreed funding ends.
  • They will need to include evidence to show how you have been involved, how the support has been used, progress your child has made though the support provided, and why your child needs continued support. It is essential the setting send this in as otherwise the funding will not be renewed.

What can I do if I am not happy about the decisions?

  • If you are unhappy with the decision of the Early Years Inclusion Fund you will need to send a written letter, telling us what you are not happy about to:

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund
SEND Outreach Services
King’s Park Campus
Eltham Palace Road


  • You can do this on your own or with your child’s setting.
  • In the first instance your appeal will be presented to the Early Years Inclusion Team Leader who will review all the information (at the address above) and you will receive a decision within 10 working days from receipt of the letter.
  • If you are still not happy you can write to the SEND Outreach Support Service Manager, at the same address, who will investigate and make a final decsion.

**How can I find out about Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and where can I go if I need further support?

Easy Read - DLA

There are a number of different services/agencies who can support families in completing Disability Living Allowance forms should this be appropriate for the child:

Claim forms are also available in different formats via the website

Please click on the money link to the right of the page for more infomation on DLA.