SEN Inclusion Fund

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Inclusion Fund

The SEN Inclusion Fund is funding available to early years providers to support children with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). The funding 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

In this financial year, 2021/2022, 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:

Building 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) linked to individual child’s needs

• Purchase of resources/equipment to support specific interventions/strategies

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.

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

Early years providers will then need to sign in to the provider portal via Synergy - Enquiry ( and follow the process for requesting SEN Inclusion Fund. This will consist of completing a SEN Inclusion Fund Request Form for each child they are requesting funding for. The request will include detail of the child’s level of need along with supporting evidence from outside agencies, as well as information on how the funding will be used. 

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 as referenced in the Eligibility Criteria. 

The panel meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Panel meeting dates and deadlines for submission are available on the Local Offer.

A SEN Inclusion Fund Review Document must be completed and returned at the end of each academic year to evidence how the funding has been used and provide update on the child’s progress. Early years providers will need to sign in to the provider portal via Synergy - Enquiry ( and follow the process for completing and returning the SEN Inclusion Fund Review Document.

Early years providers will also be required to provide a Provision Map for each term that funding is accessed.

Contact us

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SEN Inclusion Fund Panel Dates 2021-2022

Spring Term 2022

Deadline to submit requestsPanel DateOutcome notification by
Tuesday 4 January 2022Tuesday 11 January 2022Thursday 20 January 2022
Tuesday 25 January 2022Tuesday 1 February 2022Thursday 10 February 2022
Tuesday 15 February 2022Tuesday 22 February 2022Thursday 3 March 2022

Summer Term 2022

Deadline to submit requestsPanel DateOutcome notification by
Tuesday 12 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Thursday 28 April 2022
Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 3 May 2022Thursday 12 May 2022
Tuesday 31 May 2022Tuesday 7 June 2022
Thursday 16 June 2022