Disability Access Fund (DAF)


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The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is an additional funding provided by the goverment to enable Early Years childcare providers to offer more places to young children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The DAF is available to Early Years childcare settings and can be used, for example, to support them with making reasonable adjustments to their provision.

From the age of 9 months old, children may be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and
  • The child receives universal or extended free early education and childcare entitlement.

Although the DAF is awarded per eligible child, applications must be made by the Early Years provider. Parents may encourage settings to do so, and must add their consent before an application can be made. 

If a child who is eligible for DAF, is splitting their universal hours across two or more providers, the parent must nominate one of the settings to receive the DAF funding as this cannot be split. 

The DAF is payable as a lump sum once a year per eligible child.

Value of the funding

Funding is paid at a fixed annual rate per eligible child. The current rates can be found on the following page: Kensington and Chelsea Early Years funding rates.

For more information on the Disability Access Fund, please download this information pack

Eligibility checking

The local authority must check that the Disability Access Fund eligibility requirements are met and would need to be satisfied the child in question is receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA). We will need to see evidence of the child’s DLA.

  • Providers must e-mail a copy of the DLA award letter and signed Parent Declaration form (with DAF section completed)
  • The title of your email should be: Disability Access Fund Application
  • Send documents to the Bi-Borough Childcare & Early Education Service by email at: [email protected]

Once the application has been approved the provider will be notified by email, they will then be able to mark the child as eligible for DAF on their next headcount return and the funding will then be processed for payment.

Page last reviewed: 14/06/2024

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