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Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

Important Update
From January 2018 a Reviewed Personalised Plan will be part of the minimum required SENIF Request documentation accompanying the current Personalised Plan (see guidance document for the full list of mandatory request documents and the SENIF process).

SEN Inclusion Funding (SENIF) is a statutory requirement made available by KCC to enable settings supporting pre-school children with Special Educational Needs to secure better outcomes:

  • when attending a Kent setting, childminder, or out of hours provider and SENIF criteria is met
  • when the child does not have an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • for a maximum of 30 hours per week pro rata on attendance and eligibility
  • when in receipt of Nursery Education Entitlement for three and four year olds.

It is non statutory to provide this funding for eligible two year olds in receipt of Nursery Education Entitlement but Kent will continue to fund support for these children up to a maximum of 15 hours.

How do settings apply for SENIF?
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In order to apply for SENIF settings must complete the following documents and submit them using secure email to SENIF@kent.gov.uk and copy in the district specialist teacher or the Portage team (if they are the only education professionals involved) on KentPortage@kent.gcsx.gov.uk.

If you are unable to open/use the drop down boxes in the SENIF Request Form.docx above, please download this Word 97-2003 version (DOC, 254.0 KB) and complete instead.

Sensory SENIF Applications

For sensory applications (HI, VI and MSI) where a specialist teacher is involved please supply the Specialist Teacher report instead of completing the Best Practice Guidance Audit Tool.

Children with a final Education, Health and Care Plan

For children with a final EHCP that already have a current SENIF agreement in place there is no action required.

For children issued with a final Education Health and Care Plan who do not already have SENIF in place, please email the County SEN Inclusion Funding Officer on SENIF@kent.gov.uk for further advice on how to apply.

Other SENIF Documents
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Specialist Nursery Placements
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Please note requests for Specialist Nursery placements should be submitted via the district Specialist Teacher or the Portage Practitioner. These requests will then be considered at the termly MAP meeting for each district.

Deferred Entry to Primary Provision 2018
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Continuation of SENIF in some instances will be considered for a school age child where it is parental preference to defer their child’s entry to primary provision and remain in a pre-school setting. For further information please contact the County SEN Inclusion Funding Officer by emailing SENIF@kent.gov.uk.

Contact Details
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Please email your SENIF requests and supporting documents securely to SENIF@kent.gov.uk.

If you are unable to email the documents securely please send them using recorded delivery to:

FAO: County SEN Inclusion Funding Officer, Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Ashford TN24 8XU