Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF) for 3- and 4-year-olds
Cambridgeshire’s new SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) for 3- and 4- year-olds receiving free early years education entitlement is now up and running.
While recognising that “children develop at their own rates and in their own ways” (EYFS Framework 2017), children with additional needs may benefit from additional support. The two levels of funding within the SENIF aim to build on existing good practice, and support providers to address the needs of individual children with SEN and improve child outcomes.
SEN Inclusion Funding should only be applied for where a setting is positive that they will be able to promote inclusion and achievement for a child or group.
Applications can be made by completing an Early Help Assessment (EHA) and attaching a SENIF application form with any supporting documentation. The EHA should clearly state that it is for the attention of SENIF Panel. Applications for children with an existing EHA or open CAF can be sent directly to the SENIF panel.
SENIF panel will meet weekly. Applications are considered within a month of receiving them and decisions communicated with settings. Not all applications will be successful.
Parents must be involved in the decision to apply for support from the SENIF, and be in agreement with the application.
Providers can also access the new Disability Access Fund payment and EY Pupil Premium. The Disability Access Fund is for children who receive Disability Living Allowance. It will require the parent/carer to name one setting for the yearly payment. Disability Access Funding is claimed via the Provider Portal and administered by the Funding Team.
The hourly rate paid to providers is intended as a contribution to supporting the child’s needs.
Additional Needs Funding (ANF)
The ANF is the only funding route available for under 3’s and it is to support our most vulnerable children. This funding is provided for the period of the Education, Health & Care Plan assessment (20 weeks) after the application has been agreed for an assessment at panel.
How to apply: A request for funding is achieved by simply sending a covering email/letter stating that you would like the ANF alongside your EHCP application submission to the SAT team.
How is payment made: The ANF is only paid if there is an outcome of agree to assess for an EHCP at panel, and once this has been agreed you will receive a single payment of 20 weeks funding within 10 working days of the panel outcome.
SENIF Forms and documents
Tel: 01223 728311 / 01223 703541