To secure the delivery of Free Early Education, local authorities have an obligation to promote equality and inclusion, particularly for children with disabilities or special educational needs by removing barriers of access to early education by giving each child support to fulfil their potential.
SEND Inclusion funding is available for children with additional needs who are accessing, or are eligible to access and cannot do so without support, free early education (FEEE).
A child’s additional needs will have been identified through the SEND Early Years Panel as requiring additional resources within the early years setting. In order for the setting to make the necessary arrangements to meet their identified need/s. Early years settings follow the ‘SEND Early Years Levels of Resourcing and Support Framework’ which supports a graduated approach to meeting the needs of very young children with additional needs.
It gives all early years settings guidance on how to support children with different areas/levels of need. Funding can also be requested to support a child’s specialist equipment needs.
What children are eligible?
A child is eligible if:
- They qualify for free early education entitlement (Universal, Targeted and Extended).
- Attend a childcare provider within the London Borough of Redbridge
- Are currently being supported at either (targeted or Enhanced Support)
How does an early years setting apply for SEN Inclusion Funding?
Early Years settings can make an initial request for Inclusion Funding to the SEND Early Years Panel. If agreed, this support is reviewed on a termly basis and, if required, further requests are made on a termly basis. The child must be known to the SEND Early Years Panel and the setting must provide clear evidence of the child’s needs and the provision already in place to meet those needs.
Where a child is not yet attending an early years setting but one has been identified, the setting will make the request to the panel as part of the child’s transition plan.