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Targeted SEND Funding

Targeted SEND Funding is intended to provide the most appropriate support package for children with special educational needs and disabilities in a range of settings, taking account of parental choice.

The key principles for the funding of higher needs pupils are:

  • Funding for high needs provision is to be arranged on an equivalent basis across different types of providers, including maintained or academy schools
  • This includes pupils and students with high needs in the school or academy, further education and alternative provision sectors

How to apply for Targeted SEND Funding

To make an application for Targeted SEND Funding, please use the link

Please note the child must be attending a funded place at the time of application.

We recommend that you read the instruction page carefully before you begin to complete the form.

What happens next?

The Early Years Targeted SEND funding Panel meets monthly. They will consider applications from education providers for high needs funding for children without a statement or education, health and care plan (EHCP). Each application is discussed to determine whether the child meets high needs criteria in line with the SEN Ranges descriptors.

e-mail: [email protected]

There are two decisions types:

  • the child meets the criteria for high needs funding
  • the child does not meet the criteria for high needs funding

Decisions are notified to settings via email, within 10 working days from the panel date.

The decision notification confirms the funding period and the amount to be funded.

Early Years Targeted SEND funding meeting dates 2023 to 2024

Application submission datesDate of panelDate of first payment
1 August 2023 to 31 August 20235 September 202322 September 2023
1 September 2023 to 30 September 20233 October 202325 October 2023
1 October 2023 to 31 October 20232 November 202324 November 2023
1 November 2023 to 30 November 20237 December 202324 December 2023
1 December 2023 to 31 December 20234 January 202424 January 2024
1 January 2024 to 31 January 20241 February 202424 February 2024
1 February 2024 to 28 February 20247 March 202424 March 2024
1 March 2024 to 31 March 20244 April 202424 April 2024

Early Years Targeted SEND funding meeting dates 2024 to 2025

Application submission datesDeadline to submit applicationPanel date
1 April 2024 - 30 April 20244 April 202411 April 2024
1 May 2024 - 31 May 20242 May 20249 May 2024
1 June 2024 - 30 June 20246 June 202413 June 2024
1 July 2024 - 31 July 20243 July 202411 July 2024
1 August 2024 - 31 August 202431 August 20248 August 2024
1 September 2024 - 30 September 20244 September 202412 September 2024
1 October 2024 - 31 October 20243 October 202410 October 2024
1 November 2024 - 30 November 20247 November 202414 November 2024
1 December 2024 - 31 December 20245 December 202412 December 2024
1 January 2025 - 31 January 20259 January 202516 January 2025
1 February 2025 - 28 February 20256 February 202513 February 2025
1 March 2025 - 31 March 20256 March 202513 March 2025

All panel decisions will be sent to the email address provided on the application form.

Completed applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered in date order, at the closest panel meeting date with capacity.

Please note that applications must be checked and prepared and that panel members require at least 5 working days to review applications prior to the panel meeting.

Applications submitted close to a panel date will therefore be submitted to the next panel.

Where funding is agreed, it will be payable from the following payment month.

Early Years Targeted SEND funding – review date

Where Early Years Targeted SEND funding is due to cease at the end of a funding block for pupil(s) remaining at the same setting a continuation form will be issued and should be returned.

What happens when pupils move to another setting?

Where pupils move to another setting within their eligibility dates a new funding application must be submitted.

SEND Ranges descriptors – explaining a pupils SEND provision

​The document below fulfils a Department for Education requirement for each local authority to explain the special educational needs provision it expects to be made. It clearly explains the provision for pupils from early years settings and schools and will form part of the Local Offer.

The document should be used as required to inform good practice and support effective provision for pupils with special educational needs.

E-mail: [email protected]

Early Years high needs funding – cross border

The Early Years high needs funding can only be claimed by childcare providers who are located in West Northamptonshire. If you are unsure you can email us at [email protected].

If a child who has a West Northamptonshire postcode but attends a provision that is outside of West Northamptonshire they would need to apply directly to the Local Authority the provision is located in.

Last updated 19 February 2024