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Inclusion funding

Inclusion funding to provide enhanced support

If you are on the Ofsted register, you can apply for inclusion funding if you are a:

  • childminder
  • nursery or preschool
  • school with a nursery offering Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) funding
  • school or academy where childcare is non-statutory

You can use the funding to pay for an extra person so you can support a child who has:

  • a disability
  • special educational needs
  • an identified need

You must use the funding to:

  • give full support to the child
  • help the child to feel included
  • help the child to take part in activities

You cannot use the funding to:

  • buy training
  • buy resources
  • set up or attend meetings

Information to be aware of

Funding is only available for the times the child is in attendance and no more than 10 hours per day.

If your application is for more than £5,000 (five thousand pounds), you must agree to contact from our business management consultants.

Your application form needs to be a stand-alone document. The Funding Panel won't read extra information or supporting evidence if your application form is not completed in full.

Read the guidance below. It has details about the different types of inclusion funding and the emergency childcare grant.

Need more help?

Our business management consultants can give you help, support and advice about grants or funding. Email them at

The Early Years and Childcare Funding Panel

Professionals and parents make up the Funding Panel. The Chair is a councillor from Essex County Council. They will look at evidence to make sure the child needs the level of help in your application. It should be more than the child would get under the legal ratio required by Ofsted.

The Funding Panel meets on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are successful, funding will start from the date of the meeting to the end of each financial year.

They must receive your applications for:

  • Full Inclusion Funding by the 1st of each month
  • Interim Inclusion Funding by the Monday of the week before the meeting. (The second Monday of each month.)

Funding Panel meeting dates 2020 to 2021


  • 17 Mar (for funding to begin from 1 April)
  • 21 April
  • 19 May
  • 16 June
  • 21 July
  • 18 August
  • 15 September
  • 20 October
  • 17 November
  • 15 December


  • 19 January
  • 16 February

Relevant resources

Application forms and child details form (this must accompany each application): 

Continued Inclusion Funding Application 2020 to 2021, Word 102KB

New Full Inclusion Funding Application 2020 to 2021, Word 96KB

Group Inclusion Funding Application 2020 to 2021, Word 113KB

Interim Inclusion Funding 2020 to 2021, Word 102KB

Child's details form - Word, 82KB

Information to assist with your application: