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Disability Access Fund (DAF)

Disability Access Fund (DAF) introduced in April 2017, provides funding to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their provision.

The DAF has been extended to include eligible two-year-olds until September 2023.

Two-year-old children may be eligible for DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and
  • The child receives Free Early Education places for 2-year-olds known in Kent as the Free for Two or 'FF2' scheme.

Eligible children can start claiming after they turn two, depending on when their birthday is:

Child's 2nd birthday

When they can claim from

1 January to 31 March

the beginning of term on or after 1 April

1 April to 31 August

the beginning of term on or after 1 September

1 September to 31 December

the beginning of term on or after 1 January

Three and four-year old children may be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and
  • The child receives universal or extended free early education and childcare entitlement.

The DAF is payable as a lump sum once a year per eligible child.

Funding is paid at the fixed annual rate of £800 per eligible child.

If a child who is eligible for DAF, is splitting their universal hours across two or more providers, the parent must nominate one of the settings to receive the DAF funding as this cannot be split.

How to apply
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Go to Free Early Education, Claiming EYPP and DAF and follow the clear procedure set out by Management Information.

If you have queries email miearlyyears@kent.gov.uk or contact 03000 42 16 12 and ask for Victoria Bentley.

If a child in local authority care is attending a setting in a different local authority, it is the responsibility of the local authority in which the setting is based to fund the DAF.

Guidance for Early Years and Childcare Providers in Kent
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This is useful guidance about making reasonable adjustments and purchasing or loaning resources:

Guidance for Early Years and Childcare Providers in Kent on the Disability Access Fund (DAF) (PDF, 3.3 MB)

Emporium and Disability Access Fund (DAF)
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If you have a child, or children, who are accessing DAF funding, Emporium can offer you a complimentary membership, allowing you access to high quality resources that can support you to meet their needs and interests. Visit Emporium to find out more.

Please see Easy Read Guide to DAF (DOCX, 183.1 KB) which can be shared with parents.

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