What is Disability Access Fund?
The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is a payment of £615 per year. It is payable to providers who deliver free Early Education & Childcare places to any 3 or 4 Year old child with a disability.
Childcare providers are able to claim this funding from the Local Authority once your child attends their setting using any period of free Early Education & Childcare (EEC) entitlement. You do not have to take up the full 570 hours.
EEC eligibility for 3 & 4 year olds is detailed below:
- A child born on or between 1 April and 31 August is eligible for a free place from 1 September following their third birthday
- A child born on or between 1 September and 31 December is eligible for a free place from 1 January following their third birthday
- A child born on or between 1 January and 31 March is eligible for a free place from 1 April following their third birthday
Please note: Four year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding
You may be asked by your childcare provider to complete a Parent Declaration Form and provide a current copy of the child’s disability living allowance award letter. This will then be forwarded on to the Local Authority for checking purposes and to allocate funding.
If you are splitting your free entitlement across two or more providers, you will be asked by your Local Authority to nominate the main setting. This is where the Early Years funding will pay the DAF for your child
It would be in your best interest to make sure your child is happy and settled with ;your chosen childcare provider before any DAF paperwork is completed as once payment is made to a provider it cannot be recouped. Therefore, if your child moves to another setting funding will not be available to the 2nd setting.
For futher information, please contact Early Years Funding on:
Tel: 0161 253 6977
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This page was last updated on: 20/02/2019