Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Grant

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.

Before and after school clubs and holiday playschemes should apply to wendy.holland@achievingforchildren.org.uk.

About the grant

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.

Apply online

Applications for SEND Grants for summer 2017 will close at midnight on Friday 10 March 2017.

Please remember to upload any supporting evidence to support your application.

Submit your application

Updated: 21 February 2017