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Disability Access Fund (DAF)

DAF is money given to Early Years/Childcare providers to help support children with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities in their setting.  The aim of the DAF is to help give children who are disabled access to free childcare.  Providers will get a one-off payment of £615 per child.

Who Can Get DAF Funding?

The funding is for Ofsted registered childcare settings with children who:

Does my Child Have to Take up All their Free Entitlement to Childcare?

Children do not need to take up all their Free Entitlement (ie. 15 hours per week or 30 hours) if eligible to get DAF.

Can the DAF Funding be Used at More than One Childcare Provider?

The funding can only be used at one setting.  If the child attends more than one setting, the parents will need to choose which of their providers gets the funding.  You will do this either on registering with the childcare provider or if the child becomes eligible later.

If a child receiving DAF moves from one setting to another within a financial year, the new setting is not eligible to receive DAF funding for this child within the same financial year. DAF funding received by the original setting will not be recovered.

How Do I Claim DAF?

Providers need to be aware the parent is in receipt of DLA for their child.  At the point of completing the ‘Parent Declaration Form’ you will need to declare that you are in receipt of DLA.

  1. The provider will need to see and obtain a copy of the DLA award letter for their records.
  2. The provider then submits their application for the free entitlement funding and will confirm your child’s eligibility for the additional DAF funding

What Will the Early Years Settings Use the DAF Funding For?

DAF funding helps providers make reasonable adjustments to their settings to further support a child/children.  This is to make the most of the opportunity which early education offers your child.  

How Will I Know What the DAF Funding is Used For?

It is up to the childcare provider to decide how they spend the DAF but each childcare provider submits a Local Offer SEND Report which is available from the childcare providers FID record.  Please use this report to discuss and explore with your childcare provider the type of adjustments and care that is being provided.

Add-on Register

If you child has SEND then you may wish to take advantage of the Add-on Register.

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