The settings of three and four year olds eligible for the DAF will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £615 per year. The DAF is not based on an hourly rate and is an extra entitlement.
Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education that they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF.
If a child eligible for DAF is splitting their free entitlement funding across two or more providers, only one provider will be able to claim the DAF. Parents are asked to nominate the main provider on their parent declaration form.
If a child receiving DAF moves from one setting to another, the new setting is not eligible to receive DAF funding for this child until the anniversary of the first payment has passed. DAF funding received by the original setting will not be recouped.
In cases where a child who lives in one local authority attends a setting in another local authority, the local authority where the setting is based is responsible for funding the DAF for the child and for eligibility checking.
Identifying eligible children
Early years providers are responsible for identifying eligible children. We encourage you to speak to parents to find out who is eligible for the DAF.
Parents will need to provide the following to their nominated provider:
parent declaration form
copy of the child’s entitlement to disability living allowance
Provider application process
To submit a DAF application, please log into the portal. You will need to provide a copy of the Parent Declaration and DLA award letter to apply.