About the Local Offer

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The local offer is a guide to all the services that are available for children and young people in Waltham Forest with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged from birth to 25.

We developed our Local Offer with you (parents, carers, and children and young people with SEN and disabilities) to meet your needs. Now you can find all the information and advice you need about SEN and disability services in one place, quickly and easily.

The services your child will get will depend upon his or her individual needs. Inside the main age range categories on the Local Offer you will see subcategories e.g. Education or Health. Here you will find information about the types of services your child might qualify for in this area and how and where you might get them. The Local Offer will also automatically sort your results by the age range selected.

We want your comments. Tell us what you think about the Local Offer online and the services you get from us and others.

You can email us localoffer@walthamforest.gov.uk.


We will regularly review the Local Offer to:

  • make sure we give you up-to-date information
  • take into account your suggestions and feedback.

Get involved and join our parent forums or young peoples groups.

Find out more about getting involved; email localoffer@walthamforest.gov.uk

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If you are a provider and would like to be added to the Local Offer, simply download the Local Offer Provider Form to the right of this page and email it back to localoffer@walthamforest.gov.uk.

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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Please note that London Borough of Waltham Forest does not endorse or recommend any of the services included on the Local Offer.