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Funded childcare places

All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to 570 hours per year of funded early education and childcare.

Inclusion funding for children with SEND

Most children with special educational or additional needs are successfully included in educational settings, without the need to increase the number of staff. However, in circumstances where children with the most complex needs would benefit from additional staffing, top-up inclusion funding may be available.

Funding is also available to buy special equipment for individual children, when recommended by an Occupational Therapist.

Who can apply

If you are an early years provider educating children with very complex needs, you may be eligible to apply for inclusion funding.

Other independent childminders, nurseries or pre-schools, validated by the council to provide early learning, can also apply for a contribution towards additional staffing.

We accept applications for funding for children who attend Leicestershire Early Years providers only. For children that live in Leicestershire, but attend a non-Leicestershire provider, then the provider will request funding from their local authority.

For children that live outside of Leicestershire, but attend a Leicestershire provider, then the provider will request funding from Leicestershire.

If parents or carers have any concerns regarding the panel’s decision they should discuss this with the designated officer contact details below. If a concern cannot be resolved at this point, then the matter should be taken to Suzanne Wilson, service manager, Early Learning and Childcare Service at the correspondence below.

Please note: The information on this page is designed for parents. If you are an Early Years provider see: Inclusion funding for children with high needs.

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