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Apply for Inclusion Funding for children with high needs

Inclusion Funding may be available to early years settings, when children with very complex needs would benefit from additional staff support.

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.

The high needs inclusion funding is only available where the child is from the Leicestershire local authority area. If the child is from outside the area, schools must apply to the child’s home authority.

When you can apply

Providers can apply for inclusion funding on the following dates:

Applications due inPanels take place week beginningProviders informed via anycomms week beginning
26 August 20199 September 201916 September 2019 
14 October 201928 October 20194 November 2019
11 November 201925 November 20192 December 2019
30 December 201913 January 202020 January 2020
17 February 20202 March 20209 March 2020
13 April 202027 April 20204 May 2020
25 May 20208 June 202015 June 2020
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