If your three or four year has a special educational need or disability (SEND) your childcare provider may be able to get extra funding through the Disability Access Fund (DAF). The fund can provide £615 per year for every child who meets its eligibility criteria.
What can the funding be used for?
The funding is available to help your childcare provider make reasonable adjustments at their setting to improve your child's access to free early education. It will be paid directly to your childcare provider and they will be able to decide how it should be spent. The funding cannot be used towards your childcare fees.
Who is eligible for DAF?
Your child will be eligible if they:
- are aged 3 or 4 years old
- use Free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds
- receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Your child does not need to be using all their free hours for your childcare provider to be able to receive the full £615 of funding.
Please note: Four year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding.
How can I apply?
To apply for the funding just download the Disability Access Fund application form (Word) and take it to your childcare provider along with a copy of your child's DLA eligibility letter.
If your child is using their free hours at more than one childcare provider you will need to choose which one you want to receive the funding.
The childcare provider will then need to either email or post your application to the relevant address on the form to enable them to claim the funding.
What if my child moves to another childcare provider part way through the year?
The funding is not transferable so if your child moves to another childcare provider it will stay with the original setting for the remainder of that financial year.
Files available to download
- Disability Access Fund form (37.6 KB)
Providers offering Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds can use this form to apply for funding to support children with additional needs to access free early education