Funding for the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement

The 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 those 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.

The Early Help Assessment and review forms must be completed to make an application for the Inclusion Fund. It is important that these forms 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 is accurate in telling the ‘story of the child’.

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