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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 who live in Bolton 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.

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 9th February 2018 at 5.00pm.

March Panel Dates

  • Deadline date – Friday 9th February 2018
  • Panel date – Thursday 1st March 2018
  • Settings informed by date: Thursday 15th March 2018

June Panel Dates

  • Deadline date – Friday 18th May 2018
  • Panel date – Thursday 7th June 2018
  • Settings informed by date: Monday 18th June 2018

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

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.