Tower Hamlets Early Years Inclusion Fund for Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings

All early years providers are required to have arrangements in place to identify and support disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN) and to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care. 

The majority of children with additional needs will be supported through the setting’s existing resources and the setting’s own best practice.  A smaller number of children may have emerging significant additional needs where additional provision will be required.  

What is the Early Years Inclusion Fund?

All local authorities are required to establish an inclusion fund for 3 and 4 year olds who are taking up any number of hours of free entitlement in PVI settings.  Tower Hamlets has extended this offer to 2 year olds who are also accessing the free entitlement at these settings. 

The Early Years Inclusion Fund provides a contribution to support inclusion of children with emerging significant additional needs in PVI settings.  Funding is available based on a child’s needs and is linked to the free entitlement hours that the child is accessing.

Funding for children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Provision During assessment (PDA) is provided through the SEN Section.  Where a child has an EHCP or is in receipt of PDA funding, the Tower Hamlets Early Years Inclusion Fund will not be available.

Further information about the Tower Hamlets Early Years Inclusion Fund including detailed guidance and application forms please visit Integrated Early Years Inclusion Team.