Disability Access Fund (DAF)
DAF is available to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in their childcare setting. Childcare providers can receive £615 per year for every child who meets the eligibility criteria.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible children must be:
- aged 3 or 4 years old
- using the Free Early Education Entitlement
- in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
The child does not need to be using all of their free early education hours for their 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.
What can the funding be used for?
The funding is available to help childcare providers make reasonable adjustments at their setting to improve children's access to free early education. It will be paid directly to the childcare provider and they will be able to decide how it should be spent. The funding cannot be used towards childcare fees.
How to apply?
To apply for the funding, the parent will need to complete the Disability Access Fund Application Form and return it to their childcare provider along with a copy of their child's DLA eligibility letter.
If the child attends more than one childcare setting, the parent will need to choose which one they want to receive the funding.
The childcare provider will then need to either email or post the application to the relevant address on the form.
What if the child moves to another childcare provider part way through the year?
The funding is not transferable so if the child moves to another childcare provider it will stay with the original setting for the remainder of that financial year.