Funding is available to the private, voluntary, independent and maintained nursery sectors including childminders caring for children under five, to support staff working with children with additional needs.
This grant is designed to support staff working with children known to us through the Child Development Team (CDT) and who require support. To be eligible, organisations must be registered with Ofsted, including those on the voluntary register.
All childcare providers in the Borough are required by the Equality Act 2010 to include children with additional needs, ensuring that children are not 'treated less favourably' and that 'reasonable adjustments' are made.
It is designed to support staff working with children for up to a maximum of three terms. It can provide funding to train staff, offer tailored support from a member of the Early Years team and, in exceptional cases, fund up to a maximum of 9 hours per week to enhance staff ratios.
For children likely to have on-going complex needs, a multi-agency meeting will be held each term to discuss next steps.
Applications for the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Grant 2017 closed at 5pm on Wednesday 21 July 2017.
Updated: 22 June 2017