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Early Years Inclusion Funding

Hackney Education,
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ


Who is this funding for? 

Most children can have any additional needs met through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, high quality early years practice and through additional intervention and differentiation organised by the setting.

Settings can get advice and support for children who need extra help from specialist teams including the Area SENCos and Speech and Language Therapy Service

The Early Years Inclusion Funding is a budget to provide support for children aged 3 or 4 years old who have low level or emerging special educational needs or disability (SEND) and because of these require more support.

How do I apply? 

Guidance and application forms are available from the download section of this page. 

Completed application forms and supporting evidence should be sent using secure email to BOTH of the following people:

How are decisions made? 

The Early Years Inclusion Fund decision panel meets through the year to look at applications from settings.

Applications MUST be returned by the deadline. These are before the panel meetings take place. 

Submission and panel dates for 2022- 2023 (academic year) are as follows. 

Application Submission Date

    Panel Meeting Dates

24 June 2022

    7 July 2022

18 November 2022

    1 December 2022

3 March 2023

    16 March 2023

23 June 2023

    6 July 2023

I need to ask another question... 

Application queries can be discussed with the Children's Inclusion Officer. 

Record Last Updated on: 05/04/2022

Other Details

Who is eligible?

Children aged 3 or 4 in a Early Years settings who have low level or emerging Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) 

Referral required?


Referral Details

Guidance and application forms are available from the download section of this page. 

Completed application forms and supporting evidence should be sent using secure email to BOTH of the following people:

What to do if you have a complaint

How you feel about having used a service is important. Services often ask for your feedback to help them understand what they are already doing well and how they can further improve their service. 

If you have feedback about this service you can talk to the person who worked with you or, if you feel more comfortable, a service manager. They will try to help sort out any problems.

If you are still not happy with the service you can raise your concerns formally. This means someone who is not part of the service will look at your feedback or concern and see if anything can or needs to be done to help make things better.

If you need to make a formal complaint you can use the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure.

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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