In Norfolk, we expect all children aged 0-5 to be provided with a standard Universal Offer when accessing education and childcare from providers offering early years provision. For some children they may also benefit from some additional support, which initially will be organised by the provider by optimising existing provision resources and other non-financial support currently available from the Local Offer and other external sources.
Where necessary the provider may seek funding to address the individual needs of children with SEN. The purpose of this funding is to provide additional financial assistance for providers of Early Years to ensure the inclusion of children 0-5 where there is an identified need that is "additional to" and "different from".
Local authorities and providers must also ensure that they meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010 and take full account of the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 and the Local Authority’s Funding Agreement when offering early years provision.
Before applying for funding, it is important to read the guidance on the form and where required use the banding descriptors:
Further guidance is available at SEN Funding Frequently Asked Questions in this section.
With the exception of the funding for children with an agreed or issued EHCP, there continues to be no guarantee that funding will be awarded.
Funding Sources Available
SEN Inclusion Fund
This funding is for early years providers to meet the individual needs of children with low level or emerging SEN who are in receipt of 3 and 4-year-old Early Education.
EHCP and Complex Need
This funding is for early years providers to meet the individual needs of children with either an agreed or issued Education, Health and Care plan who are in receipt of 3 and 4 year old Early Education.
To access this funding, a one off application for each individual child must be submitted.
2 year old Early Education
This funding is for children who are in receipt of 2 year old Early Education that have an identified need that is "additional to and different from".
For some children with complex needs it may be necessary to submit an exceptional circumstance application because they do not meet the criteria for the other funding sources available (i.e. not in receipt of either 2-year old or 3 and 4-year old early education funding).
An application form must be requested each term, if the child continues to not meet the criteria. Please contact the Early Years team via the Advice Line 01603 222300 (Opt 3) for further guidance.
If the request is agreed by panel, the award is a lump sum of £250.00.
For further information concerning payments of SEND Funding please contact Early Years Finance via email at email@example.com
For further support and guidance concerning applications, please call the Early Years Advice Line on 01603 222300 (Opt 3).