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Special Education Needs Inclusion and Disability Access Funding

Special Educational Needs Inclusion Funding

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Inclusion Funding is for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old accessing the free entitlements.

The fund is to support providers to better meet the needs of individual children with emerging SEN.

Summer term 2021

Summer term 2021 dates

Summer term 2021


SEN summer application deadline

Monday 22 March

SEN panel meeting

Wednesday 31 March

Payment processed

Thursday 15 April

SEN summer application deadline

Monday 17 May

SEN panel meeting

Wednesday 26 May

Payment processed

Thursday 10 June

SEN summer application deadline

Monday 28 June

SEN panel meeting

Wednesday 7 July

Payment processed

Thursday 15 July

Please allow 3 working days for funds to appear in your account.

Please note these dates may be subject to change due to software updates. If this happens you will be notified through the provider portal.

Disability Access Funding

From April 2017 the government introduced the Disability Access Fund (DAF), to support access to free entitlements for children with disabilities or Special Educational Needs (SEN).

The purpose of the fund is to support early years providers to make reasonable adjustments and build the capacity of their setting to support children with disabilities. The funding cannot be used towards childcare fees.

Information provided by the Department for Education (DfE) about the Disability Access Fund can be found in the early years entitlements operational guide.


Three and four year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending when they turn 3. Please see below:

DAF eligibility dates

Born between:

Eligible from (following third birthday)

1 April to 31 August

1 September (Autumn term)

1 September to 31 December

1 January (Spring term)

1 January and 31 March

1 April (Summer term)

Four year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding.

Contact information

Early Years Team

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