Funding for the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement

Disability Access Fund

In April 2017, the government introduced a new funding measure for early years providers; the Disability Access Fund (DAF), to support children with disabilities or Special Educational Needs.

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.