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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Inclusion Fund

Support offered for children with special educational needs and disabilities

The SEN Inclusion Fund is money available to early years providers for supporting children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND).  The money is for use in the setting that the child attends and will be given to the provider to be used to support the needs of individual children with SEN.  


  • All 2 year olds and 3 & 4 year olds identified with a level of SEND
  • Attending an early years setting in the London Borough of Hounslow that provides government funded places
  • Presenting with additional needs in the moderate to profound delay range

Value of the fund

This year, 2020/21 there is a maximum fund of £741,000 available.

How funding will be allocated

SEN Inclusion Fund will be allocated as a top up grant on a case by case basis in the form of termly lump sum payments to the setting based on a level of need banding system.

The top up rate will be allocated up to a maximum of 570 hours per year / 15 hours per week in line with government entitlement funds.

The top up grant for children with additional needs eligible for the 30 hours of entitlement will be considered on a case by case assessment. 

How the funding can be used

The funding is to support the inclusion of a child with SEND, promote early intervention and improve outcomes for the child.

Examples of how early years providers can use the SEN Inclusion Fund include:

  • Build capacity within the setting with additional staffing to support specific interventions/strategies for the child with SEND
  • Specialist or one-off training to upskill whole team or staff member(s)
  • Purchase of resources to support specific interventions/strategies
  • Reduce child to adult ratio in order to support child with SEND

Process for allocating SEN Inclusion Fund

Before considering making a request for SEN Inclusion Funding, early years providers should refer to the SEN Inclusion Fund Terms & Conditions for further information.

1. Complete a SEN Inclusion Fund Request Form for each child you are requesting funding for. 

2.  Parents/carers should agree to the request and must give consent to share information with the local authority.

3. Include detail of the child’s level of need along with supporting evidence from outside agencies.

4.  Include information on how the funding will be used. 

The SEN Inclusion Fund Terms and Conditions and the SEN Inclusion Fund Request Form can be found in the downloads section of this page.

Funding decisions

Decisions about whether to allocate funding and the amount of top up grant are made by a SEN Inclusion Fund Panel.  They will assess the information provided in the request and make a decision against level of need descriptors included in the Eligibility Criteria Guidance. 

The panel meets on the first Tuesday of every month.  Panel meeting dates and deadlines for submission are in the downloads section of this page.


Early Years providers are required to complete and return a SEN Inclusion Fund Review Document to evidence how the funding has been used and provide an update on the child’s progress. Dates on when this is required will be stated in the SEN Inclusion Fund Decision Sheet which is emailed to the early year provider following outcome of the SEN Inclusion Fund Panel.

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