Funding for the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement

Disability Access Fund

Disability Access Fund (DAF) is a Government funding measure for early years providers. DAF is an annual payment to early years providers to support children with disabilities or Special Educational Needs who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.  

Eligibility for Disability Access Fund (DAF) 
3 and 4 year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child is in receipt of child Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – (for more information on Disability Living Allowance); and
  • The child receives the funded entitlement funding (15 hours universal entitlement)

Please note: 4 year olds who are attending maintained, academy or free school reception classes are NOT eligible for DAF funding.

Further information on the Disability Access Fund can be found in section 8 of the Funded Early Years and Childcare Entitlement: Operational Guidance.

To access additional information about Disability Access Fund, please visit the SEND and Inclusion pages of this website.