January 2024 - New childcare offer for eligible working parents of 2 year olds

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulties with the application process for the new 2 year old funding offer, please do signpost them to HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097 who will be able to advise.

Information can also be accessed through the Childcare Choices  website. As a Local Authority we have no authority on this process and currently have no additional information to that which has been published on Childcare Choices.

Early Years

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund

Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

Please note applications for the Spring 24 term have now closed. 

The application form will be available from Friday 22nd March 2024 for the Summer 24 term.

The application form will be available on Friday 22nd March 2024 for the Summer 24 term.

Updated SENIF Guidance 2023-24please read carefully before applying as applications which do not follow the guidance may be returned before consideration at the panel.

After 4th September 2023 applications can be made at anytime before the following dates:

  • Monday 27th November  2023 - (for allocations combining autumn and spring terms)
  • Monday 5th February 2024 – (for the spring term only)
  • Monday 13th May 2024 – (for summer term only)

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. 

In Buckinghamshire we refer to it as Early Years SENIF and also use it to support funded 2-year-olds.

These funds are intended as a contribution towards supporting providers to support the needs of individuals and groups of children with low level and emerging SEND.

The current High Needs Block Funding support and Education, Health, and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) processes remain for children with higher level and long-term need.

Please note that applications will only be considered if settings:

  • Have completed the Early Years Inclusion Fund Evaluation(if they received funding last year). This should demonstrate how the allocated funding has been used to support children with low level and emerging SEND.
  • Have up to date information on the SEN Local Offer pages on the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service Website. (Guidance on updating your local offer)
  • Can detail how they will use the funding to support children with low level and emerging needs, predominantly through interventions.
  • Can detail the support that they are already putting in place for children as part of ordinarily available provision.

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