The implementation of an early years inclusions fund (EYIF) is a statutory duty of all local authorities. Derbyshire's EYIF is available for children from the term after they are 2 until the end of Autumn 1 in reception. The funding is available for children who have significant barriers to learning and attend either a non-maintained or maintained early years setting.
The allocation of EYIF will mean that for the majority of children with SEND, an Education Health and Care needs assessment will no longer be necessary or appropriate. EYIF is part of the provision made at targeted and specialist level of the graduated response. Settings should submit documentation directly to show that a child's needs and barriers to learning require additional funding above the resources normally available to them. Applications must show evidence of the assess, plan, do, review model.
If the application is successful, the setting can claim funding from the week after the application is considered by the Early Years SEN panel. Decision letters are sent out accordingly. EYIF is similar to the Graduated Response for Individual Pupils (GRIP) initiative available to pupils in primary and secondary schools.
The documents and forms supporting EYIF are attached to the Related Documents section of this page.