Disability Access Fund

The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is new funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings.

3- and 4-year olds will be eligible for the Disability Access Fund if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA) and;
  • the child accesses the funded entitlement at the early years provider

Note:  4-year olds in primary and infant school reception classes are NOT eligible for disability access funding.

Providers taking three- and four-year-olds that are eligible for the Disability Access Fund will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £615 per year. The Disability Access Fund is not based on an hourly rate and is an additional entitlement.

Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the Disability Access Fund .

Parents should contact their early years provider for more information about claiming this DAF.

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