Funding for nurseries and pre schools
If a child needs extra support a nursery or pre-school can make an application to the council for early years inclusion funding (EYIF).
Before applying for the EYI funding a setting has to have evidence of strategies that have already been used to support the child's needs. EYIF is only available to children receiving the free childcare entitlement and will only cover support required for the funded hours that the child attends for.
Funding for academies and free schools
Funding to academies and free schools is made direct to them by central government.
Maintained schools and nurseries
The funding available to maintained schools comes into the local authority as the Dedicated Schools’ Grant (DSG).
If a child needs extra support a maintained school and nursery can request extra funding from their local school cluster group. They can use this to pay for additional resources to support a child's learning.
For information about how funding is allocated read the Funding to support Learners who have Special Educational Needs (PDF document).
Funding for colleges
Colleges are expected to meet the special educational needs of a wide range of students from within their core funding, providing appropriate, high quality SEN support.
Colleges can receive top-up funding for a student without the need for an Education. Health and Care plan until a young person is 19 and beyond via the Education Funding Agency.
Education Health and Care Plans
If a child or young person needs more support than the SEN school based plan a parent, nursery, school or college can ask us to carry out an Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment. Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years can also ask for an EHC needs assessment.
An Education, Health and Care Plan provides additional funding for the child or young person.
Read the Funding to support Learners who have Special Educational Needs (PDF document) to find out more about how funding is allocated.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Capital funding for pupils with EHC Plans
In 2018, the Department for Education provided all Local Authorities (LA) additional funding capital that LAs could use in developing or expanding education provision for children with additional needs.
You can find out how we are using that money below: