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Disability Access Fund (DAF)

From April 2017 the Disability Access Fund (DAF) came in to effect. 

Updated June 2019

What is the Disability Access Fund?

The Disability Access Fund will be for three- and four-year olds who are taking up their free funding entitlement and are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.

How much funding will each child receive if eligible?

It is equivalent to £615 per child per year and is paid to the registered Childcare Provider where the child attends to help support access to the free funding entitlements. See Guidance Document  for further information.

What happens if the child is attending two different settings?

If the child is attending two different setting to access their free funding entitlement, then the parent/carer needs to choose which setting will be allocated the DAF.

Do I need to complete a form to access the DAF?

There will be a form for the parents to complete with their chosen childcare provider, and parents will have to give their chosen childcare provider a copy of the DLA letter, along with the form so the provider can return it to the Early Years Service at Brighter Futures for Children 

What if a child is attending a setting in a different Local Authority to that in which they live?

In cases where a child who lives in one local authority attends a setting in another local authority, the local authority where the setting is based is responsible for funding the DAF for the child and eligibility checking.


What if a child moves to another childcare provider half way through the year?

If the child moves settings half way through the year, the funding will stay with the current setting, it is not transferable and does not follow the child. 

Who should I contact if I have a question about the DAF?

If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please contact the Early Years Team - - 0118 937 4730