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Inclusion Funding

Meeting the needs of children with disabilities and children with special educational needs


The government is clear that all children should be able to access their free entitlement and that no child should have their access restricted or denied because of special educational needs or a disability.

There are two models for allocating additional funding to 3 & 4 year old children, in Walsall this funding will also include 2 year old children this is to enable them to have the opportunity to access an early years setting as part of the SEND graduated approach, where their educational needs are not able to be met without additionality.

  • Disability Access Fund (DAF) an annual sum of £615 paid to providers for children who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and are taking up a place in a their setting. This fund is to aid access for disabled children. click here to download the form 


  • SEN Inclusion Fund to support providers for the inclusion of children who have special educational needs and/or disability. Click here to download the application form and guidance it is:
  • High Needs Funding 

High Needs Funding can be accessed in exceptional circumstances for the small number of children and young people in early years settings (private, voluntary and independent nurseries; mainstream schools and academies) who do not have an EHCP. These will be children who have physical, medical or health needs that are over and above what settings/schools can be expected to support via the Local Offer but who do not have difficulties in the area of cognition and learning and are able to access the normal differentiated curriculum at age appropriate level.


Panel will be held virtually for the near future this means we are no longer accept applications by post

  • Read the guidance notes carefully to check eligibility before making an application
  • All applications and supporting evidence must be submitted electronically
  • Applications must be received before the cut-off date


Cut-off date for submitting applications

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See below for more useful resources around SEND and Inclusion:

Request for Consultation for Private, Voluntary and Independent Settings (PDF 78KB)

Sen Advisory Support Team