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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
3 September 201817 September 201815 October 2018 
24 September 20188 October 20185 November 2018
22 October 20185 November 20183 December 2018
14 January 201928 January 201925 February 2019
18 February 20194 March 20191 April 2019
15 April 201929 April 201927 May 2019
20 May 20193 June 20191 July 2019
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