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SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) Click to get info
The SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) is funding available to early years providers for supporting children with learning and developmental delay or SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). The funding is for use in the early years provision that your child attends and will be paid to the provider to support your child’s identified needs.
Eligibility for the funding
To be eligible for the SEN Inclusion fund, your child will need to be:
- 2, 3 or 4 years old and taking up their Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) place.
- Attending an early years provision in the London Borough of Waltham Forest
- Presenting with additional needs in the moderate to profound delay range with over six months of learning and developmental delay.
Process for applying for funding
Generally, the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) at the early years provision your child attends will meet with you to discuss applying for the SEN Inclusion Fund, if appropriate. They will then complete an application form, which you will need to sign to state that you agree with the application for funding being made for your child. This application, along with your child’s SEND Support Plan and any other supporting evidence will be submitted to the SEN Inclusion Fund Panel.
Allocation of the funding
Decisions about whether to allocate funding and the amount of Additional Hourly Rate Top Up Funding given are made by the Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service. They will assess the information provided in the application and make a decision against the level of learning and developmental delay your child has in the three prime areas of the EYFS, (Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and any additional health needs your child may have.
A SENIF decision form will be sent to the referrer, it is the responsibility of your child’s early years provision to implement any recommendations from the panel and to tell you about the agreed funding.
SENIF Funding Levels
What are the Additional Hourly Rate Top Up Funding Levels based on?
The Additional Hourly Rate Top Up Funding approved will be based on your child’s learning and developmental delay in the three prime areas of the EYFS. If your child has 0 to 6 months learning and developmental delay, it is expected that they will be supported in the setting without requiring any additional funding.
If your child has a learning and developmental delay of seven months or higher in one or more of the prime areas, and they are eligible, they could access the Additional Top Up Funding from Levels 1 to 4, based on the level of delay. Funding will be based on the area with the most learning and developmental delay using the settings most recent assessments of your child and your child’s SEND Support Plan.
Use of the allocated funding
The funding is to support your child’s identified needs in the early years provision they attend, to promote early intervention and to improve outcomes for your child.
Contact your child’s early years provision regarding how the SEN Inclusion Fund could be used to support your child.
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