Early Years Funding

Inclusion Fund

The Surrey County Council Inclusion Fund supports three and four year old children with ‘low and emerging’ special education needs and disabilities as they access their Universal (15 hours) and Extended (30 hours) funded entitlement. There is also a limited Inclusion Fund for 2 year olds who are eligible for Funded Early Education for Two year olds (FEET). For children receiving funded early education (FEE) for three and four year olds, the inclusion fund will continue to support providers with the following:

  • Providing smaller groups/higher staff ratios at certain times or for certain activities determined by the level of additional needs within the group.
  • Short term funding to support children whilst a discretionary funding application is being applied for.
  • Implementing positive behaviour strategies that require an additional member of staff for a limited period of time.

For children receiving funded early education for two year olds (FEET), the inclusion fund will support providers with the following:

  • Short term funding to support children whilst a discretionary funding application is being applied for.
  • Implementing positive behaviour strategies that require an additional member of staff for a limited period of time. These children/families should have referrals made to the following: Early Support, Portage, Family Support Programme, Children Centre/Family Centre, Social Care, Health Visitor Outreach, Early Years Advisor.

Discretionary Funding

This would be for a childcare setting who is supporting a child with complex special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The setting maybe able to claim discretionary funding to allow them to receive 1:1 support.

How to apply

To apply for the funding the setting will need to send a completed Request for Discretionary Funding form alongside supporting evidence to the local SEN admin team (details below).

They will need to receive the application ten working days before the date of the panel to be able to consider it for funding. Panel dates are on the Local Offer page.

Many applications are turned down or kept waiting because the question on the bottom of page two of the form is not answered in enough detail or with enough clarity. It asks:

‘All children with SEND Support Arrangements should be working towards agreed outcomes. Please show give the reasons why discretionary SEN funding is required to support progress towards outcomes and explain how this additional support would be used.’

SEN Team contact details

North West – (Woking, Surrey Heath, Runnymede)

  • Tel: 01483 518110
  • Email: nwsen@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Address: Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ

South West – (Guildford, Waverley)

  • Tel: 01483 517890
  • Email: swsen@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Address: Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ

North East – (Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge, Spelthorne)

  • Tel: 01737 737940
  • Email: nesen@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Address: Esher Local Office, Elmbridge Civic Centre, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD

South East – (Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge, Mole Valley)

  • Tel: 01737 737990
  • Email: sesen@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Address: Consort House, 5-7 Queensway, Redhill RH1 1YB

Contact details of the Early Years SEND Advice Team

If a preschool, nursery, childminder or before, after school and holiday playscheme need particular guidance around an individual child or have a high level of children with SEND then please complete a request for support form (from the Surrey Local Offer website) and email it to your local Early Years SEND Advisory Team (part of Supporting Children Team):

  • North East: (Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell and Spelthorne): SectorNE@surreycc.gov.uk
  • North West: (Runnymede, Woking and Surrey Heath): SectorNW@surreycc.gov.uk
  • South East: (Tandridge. Reigate and Banstead and Mole Valley): SectorSE@surreycc.gov.uk
  • South West: (Guildford and Waverley): SectorSW@surreycc.gov.uk