Early Years

Early Years Inclusion Fund

Early Years Inclusion Fund

Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

Buckinghamshire like all local authorities is required to have a Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF) to support funded 3 and 4 year olds with SEN, who are taking up their free entitlement.  The fund is not dependent on the number of hours the children attend or where they live.

In Buckinghamshire it has been decided that these funds can also be accessed to support funded 2-year olds with SEN.

In light of the impact Covid-19 has had on the childcare sector, in September 2020 Buckinghamshire Early Years Service made the decision to extend the use of the Inclusion Fund to include funded children at Childminders.

These funds are intended to support providers to address the needs of individual and groups of children with low level and emerging SEN.

Local Offer - Within the Code of Practice page 80- section 5.7

Early years providers must provide information for parents on how they support children with SEN and disabilities and should regularly review and evaluate the quality and breadth of the support they offer or can access for children with SEN or disabilities.

For settings wishing to access the inclusion fund we consider it essential that their Local Offer is up to date before an application for funding will be approved.

The current High Needs Block Funding support will remain for higher level and long term need

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund Guidance

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund Request

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