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Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF)

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For new requests for SENIF that are received prior to term 2 (academic year 2020/2021) where you are unable to complete a Reviewed Personalised Plan (as children have been absent, or your setting has been closed due to Coronavirus); these will be considered in the normal way but with the current personalised plan.

The Early Years Update for Summer 2020 (PDF, 166.2 KB)

The SEN Inclusion Fund (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, a registered Kent childminder, or registered Kent Out of Hours provider and SENIF criteria is met.
  • for a maximum of 30 hours per week pro rata on attendance and eligibility for the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE).
  • when the child is in receipt of Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for three and four year olds in line with the Headcount dates.
  • when the child attends a Kent setting registered to take two, three and four year old children.

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

For further information and advice on the Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund and requesting support please refer to the SENIF Guidance document (PDF, 371.3 KB) and/or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document below: