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Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund

Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund

Settings, Childminders and school nurseries can apply for additional funding to support children with identified Special Educational Needs in their setting.

The Inclusion Fund is available to support funded children aged 2,3 and 4 in nursery schools and classes, private or voluntary settings or with Childminders.

The Inclusion Fund is for those children who already have identified needs and have agencies working together to support them. It will be based on the needs of the child and will support the practitioners to improve the child’s early learning and development outcomes.

The application process will use the existing assessments made by the early years provider and other agencies as a basis for funding allocation. The level of funding awarded will vary depending on the child’s level of need and may be used by the provider to enhance staffing ratios for part of the week in order to meet the child’s needs.

EYIF Packages

EYIF packages consist of:

There are two parts to the EYIF packages these are:

Child Level Support

The child level of support is specifically aimed at additional funding to be used to offer provide enhanced staffing for a child. These packages are referred to as Level 1, 2, 3 and 4. The amount of funding the setting can receive increases depending on which package level meets the child’s needs most effectively.

Provider Level of Support

The provider level of support offers continuous professional development opportunities / training sessions for practitioners. The needs of the practitioners will be assessed along with the needs of the child to ensure training offered best suits the needs of the practitioner’s in order to develop their knowledge and skills to best support the child.

See the table of EYIF packages below:

Package Level of funding

Additional to free

Entitlement

Additional Support
EYIF Level 1 None  

Access to funded places on short training sessions designed to support practitioners to meet the needs of the child.

 

On-line Guidance documents

 

On-line training packages to support dissemination

EYIF Level 2 £550 per term
EYIF Level 3 £1100 per term
EYIF Level 4 £1650 per term

 

CPD/Training opportunities

Training Course Title:
Assessing progress for children with SEND
Aided Language Stimulation
Promoting positive behaviour
Social communication and Interaction

The above table lists the training sessions available as part of the EYIF packages. These sessions are only available to practitioner’s working with a child who has been awarded the Early Years Inclusion Fund. Settings will receive an invitation stating how many places they have been allocated and on which session.

How do I apply?

Settings apply by submitting an application to the Early Years SEN Inclusion Panel, where it will be assessed against a matrix of development to determine a child’s level of needs.

The provider should submit the following documentation to the panel by the deadline:

  • Child Information Form
  • Early Help Assessment and Action Plan and any reviews
  • Most recent reports from external agencies (e.g. SLT, OT)

The next deadline for applying for Inclusion Funding is: Friday 12th October 2018 at 5.00pm.

October 2018 Panel Dates

  • Deadline date – Friday 12th October 2018
  • Panel date – Thursday 1st November 2018
  • Settings informed by date: Monday 12th November 2018

March 2019 Panel Dates

  • Deadline date – Thursday 7th February 2019 by 5pm
  • Panel date – Thursday 7th March 2019

June 2019 Panel Dates

  • Deadline date – Thursday 16th May 2019
  • Panel date – Thursday 6th June 2019

November 2019 Panel Dates

  • Deadline date – Thursday 10th October 2019
  • Panel date – Thursday 7th November 2019

N.B. These dates are subject to change.

For further information, please contact:

Start Well SEND Manager – Alex Baxter
Bolton Council
Start Well Service
Smithills North Campus
Smithills Dean Road
Bolton
BL1 6JT

E-mail: alex.baxter@bolton.gov.uk
Tel: 01204 338355

Early Help Assessment and Review Guidance

Early Help Assessments and reviews are the mechanism used for application for the Inclusion Fund. It is important that these are completed accurately in order to give a clear picture of the child’s needs and what, when and who is required to support the child and their family. It is important that the information is clear, concise and accurate in telling the ‘story of the child’. The guidance below will help you understand what to consider when completing these forms.

When completing your Early Years Inclusion Fund application, if you have any questions or queries, you may find they can be answered by looking through the frequently asked questions document below.

The Local Offer

The SEND Code of Practice (2014) puts a duty on the local authority to provide a local offer for their authority detailing the provision available for children with special educational needs.

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