From April 2017 the Disability Access Fund (DAF) came in to effect.
Updated July 2020
The Disability Access Fund is additional funding available for three- and four-year olds who are accessing their free early years funding entitlement and are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. Funding is available at the start of the term following a child’s third birthday.
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.
If the child is claiming free early years funding from two different providers, then the parent/carer needs to decide which setting will be allocated the DAF.
Parents need to complete a simple form supplied by their chosen childcare provider and provide a copy of their DLA entitlement letter. The childcare provider will return the form and the evidence to the Early Years Service at Brighter Futures for Children.
If a child lives in one local authority area but 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.
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.
If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please contact the Early Years Team - firstname.lastname@example.org