Early years - Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings. Providers taking three and four year olds that are eligible for the Disability Access Fund will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £615 per year. The Disability Access Fund is not based on an hourly rate and is an additional entitlement.

Eligibility: Early years providers who support 3 and 4-year olds will be eligible for the Disability Access Fund if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA) and;
  • the child accesses the funded entitlement at the early years provider

Note:  4-year olds in primary and infant school reception classes are NOT eligible for disability access funding.

Early years providers are encouraged to speak to parents in order to find out which children are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.

For more information contact the Family Information Service  on 01642 354200
Email: childcare@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Page last reviewed: 23/02/2023


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