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How to apply for SENIF

In order to apply for SENIF settings must complete the online SENIF Request Form which can be found via the link below.

For children receiving Portage who may require SENIF support in order to start at the setting, a home or group visit will be undertaken with the Portage Practitioner. The EY setting SENCo or key person to complete the SENIF Request Form and the EY Personalised Plan. The Portage Profile and report will be emailed to the County SEN Inclusion Fund Team by the Portage Practitioner to accompany the request (for further information please see the SENIF Guidance document (PDF, 371.3 KB).

To ensure the child meets the criteria for SENIF, settings will be expected to provide the following pre-existing evidence uploaded to the request as part of completing the SENIF Request Form. For all requests (new and renewals) if this evidence is not received the request cannot be considered.

  1. The most recently reviewed EY Personalised Plan (DOC, 381.5 KB). (Please see EY Personalised Plan Guidance (PDF, 427.8 KB) for further information on how to complete a personalised plan)
  2. The current Personalised Plan, including current attainment
  3. The most recent Specialist Teacher’s Record of Support and Intervention (Record of Visit).

For children who have a Proposed or Final Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP):

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In case of difficulties in completing the online form please contact the SENIF Team