All Maintained, Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years settings can apply for funding to support work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who meet the criteria of severe and complex needs. Funding for each child must be applied for every term


*** The online system for the Autumn Term Panel is now open until the 14th September 2018 ***

To be eligible for funding the child must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Assessment for an EHCP has been agreed or is already under way
  • A significant level of sensory impairment (i.e. registered as severely sight impaired; significant level of sensorineural hearing impairment)
  • Known to the Early Years Development Team (EYDT) or the Social Communication Team (SCT)
  • Known to the Disabled Children’s Team
  • A significant level of social and emotional need identified through the Early Years Priority Referral Team (EYPRT)

Rate of funding

  • The SEND Funding panel allocates funding over 38 weeks across the year for 2018-19
  • The panel funds a maximum of £14.95 per hour for all requests. This amount has been agreed by the Early Years’ service for 2018-19 and will be reviewed annually in line with inflation
  • Providers are expected to top up the allocated funding if necessary
  • Funding is paid for term time only at the agreed number of weeks per term
  • Funding can only be paid for children under age 5 up to Nursery class only
  • When children are transitioning to reception, five-hours of funding at the current hourly rate will be granted to support transition

Monitoring of funding

  • Repeat requests for funding will form part of the monitoring process 
  • To assess the effectiveness of the funding recieved the Area SENCO team will make contact with settings and liaise with health professionals involved with the child


  • The online system will not allow you to submit your application after the deadline date
  • Two days post panel a secure email will be sent via Egress to the referrer outlining the decision 
  • Two-week post panel you will receive your detailed outcome letter, also sent as a secure email via Egress
  • Please share the outcome letter with the finance officer in the setting in order to provide clarity on the allocated funding 
  • Payments are authorised and released in line with Islington's finance payment schedule    

The SEND panel dates have been set in line with the headcount date as follows:


  • Autumn Term 2018
  • Spring Term 2019

Application deadline

  • 14 September 2018
  • 14 December 2018

Panel Date

  • 3 October 2018
  • 16 January 2019

How to Apply

Please note: Before starting your application, please ensure you have all the information you need about the child i.e number of days the child attends and the supporting documents that you will be required to upload. The decision making process is heavily weighted on the evidence provided as part of the application.  Please ensure that all the information inserted in the form is accurate i.e DOB as inaccuracies will cause delay to your application. You are able to save and return to an application later, but you will not be able to start a new application until the first application has been completed in full and submitted.

Once we receive your application it will be assessed by the panel. All panel decisions are mutually agreed by all panel members and there are no guarantees that you will receive the level of funding requested. Please note funded support will be allocated in relation to the needs of the child


New Funding Request

Applying for funding for the first time please complete Form 1  

Evidence required: i.e: Multi-disciplinary report which clearly outlines the childs level of need, 2YO progress check, medical reports, Islingtons Addtional Needs Referral Form    

Form 1 - New Funding Request


Repeat Funding Request

Applying for repeat funding, please complete Form 2 which also includes the mandatory monitoring form. When making a repeat request different the supporting documention provided must clearly evidence the reason why the level of support and or hours have changed for the child.     

Evidence required: Short Terms Plans and/or post diagnostic evidence, Islington Additional Needs Referral Form

Form 2 - Repeat Funding Request


Equipment Request

Applying for specialist disability equipment please complete Form 3 

Equipment requests will only be approved once the following steps have been taken: 

  • Obtain recommendation from a health proffessional
  • Source the supplier
  • Order the equipment to secure the invoice
  • Complete Form 3 and upload the invoice 

Evidence required: The written recomendation from a health proffesional and the invoice 

Form 3 - Equipment Request


For more information on the Early Years SEN Funding Panel

Early Years SEN Funding Panel



Where an application has been declined the outcome and reasons why will be detailed in the outcome letter. Settings are given the opportunity to respond to the panel's decision by submiting an appeal detailing the reasons for thr appeal. All appeals must reach the SEND funding panel by the 12th October 2018. Any appeals received after this deadline date will not be considered.

If you have any queries about the SEND funding application process, please contact Early Years Admin


For technical support please contact CSonline