Please contact EYSEND.Panel@walthamforest.gov.uk for any further questions regarding SENIF.
Early Years providers in schools and settings can access a variety of further funding to support children with developmental delay and SEND. This page provides an outline of the funding options available in the Early Years and guidance on how to apply and access these.
If a child is aged three or four and is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the setting can apply for the Disability Access Fund (DAF).
The purpose of DAF is to support early years settings to make initial reasonable adjustments and to build the capacity of their setting to support disabled children. DAF is a one-off payment of £615 per year.
If a child is splitting their FEEE across two providers, the parent will be required to confirm in writing to the local authority which school or setting they nominate as the main setting and who will receive DAF funding. This information is recorded by the parent on their parental declaration form.
Full details about claiming DAF funding can be found in Section 2 of the FEEE Financial Guidance 18-19. To claim DAF for a child at your setting, send a copy of the child’s disability award letter and parental declaration form to email@example.com.
The SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) is funding available to early years providers for supporting children with developmental delay or SEND. The funding is for use in the early years provision that the child attends and will be paid to the provider to be used to support the needs of the identified individual child.
Eligibility for the funding
Process for applying for funding
Download the ‘Applying for SENIF’ document below for more information regarding the application process.
Allocation of the funding
Decisions about whether to allocate funding and the amount of Additional Hourly Rate Top Up Funding are made by a SEN Inclusion Fund Panel. They will assess the information provided in the application and make a decision against level of developmental delay in the three prime areas of the EYFS and any additional health needs.
The panel meets on the second Friday of every month. Panel meeting dates and deadlines for submission can be downloaded below.
A SENIF Decision form will be sent to the referrer within 5 working days of the panel. The decision of the amount of funding is final and no amendments will be considered within the period it has been agreed. It is the early years provisions responsibility to ensure the panel’s recommendations are implemented and parents/carers are informed
Payments of the allocated funding
Additional Hourly Rate Top Up Funding may be approved for one or two terms, a start date and end date will be included on the SENIF Decision Form along with the level of funding agreed.
The payments are made on monthly basis. Based on the start and end date on the SENIF Decision Form, any missed payments will be backdated in the next payment run the following month. These payments will be reconciled at the end of term.
It is the early years provisions responsibility to apply for an extension of funding if required, at which point an SENIF Panel Review form should be submitted the month before the funding end date. It may also be necessary to consider applying for an EHCP. Panel meeting dates and deadlines for submission can be downloaded below.
Use of the allocated funding
The funding is to support the inclusion of a child with developmental delay or SEND, promote early intervention and improve outcomes for the child.
Examples of how early years providers can use the SENIF include:
The use of the allocated funding will be monitored by the Early Years and Childcare Teams Area SENCOs, Early Years Advisory Teacher and Assessment and Progress Lead.
If you need any further support or have any questions about SEN Inclusion Fund email: EYSEND.Panel@walthamforest.gov.uk
The 2 year old Partnership Pathway has been developed jointly by the local authority, Health, Early Help and Children and Family Centre services. The intention of this pathway is to give Waltham Forest families the best start in their children’s lives by working together and using or collective knowledge and expertise to:
Every professional has a unique role to play but we are part of a holistic ‘think family’ support framework, working together as one around the family.
For full details of the pathway and how families and children should fully access all universal services visit the partnership pathway page and download the 2YO Partnership Pathway poster.
2 year old’s who are eligible for a free early education entitlement (FEEE) can take up their place at a childcare provider who can apply for SENIF if further funding is required to support the child in the setting.
2 year old’s who are not eligible for FEEE and their family have engaged with a 3 month package of support at a Waltham Forest Children and Family Centre and if the child has over 6 months developmental delay – the child’s allocated key worker at the Children and Family Centre will consider making an application to the Early Years and Childcare Team’s 2YO SEND non-FEEE Panel to support them in taking up a place with a childcare provider.
The 2YO SEND non-FEEE place consists of the family paying for up to 6 hours of childcare at a standard hourly rate – this is then topped up by the 2YO SEND non-FEEE Panel. This additional funding is provided to the childcare provider to support the child’s learning and development needs. The panel provides a top up to this standard hourly rate for a maximum of 6 hours that the parent pays for, however it is the parents’ choice on the number of hours they would like to pay for childcare. For example, if the parent chooses to pay for 3 hours – 3 hours will be topped up, if the family choose to pay for 15 hours – the maximum of 6 hours will be topped up.
If 2YO SEND non-FEEE funding is approved by the panel the parents/carers must share their panel outcomes letter to their chosen childcare provider to request their place. If as a childcare provider you receive this letter from a parent you must notify the Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service at EYSEND.Panel@walthamforest.gov.uk to receive the funding. If the 2YO SEND non-FEEE funding ends while the child is still a 2 year old at the setting, it is the settings responsibility to reapply for the funding using the review form.