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Early Years SEN Funding

If you are concerned about the progress of a child or children in your setting, and the strategies you have already tried have not improved outcomes, you can apply for short-term funding – a maximum of 12 weeks – for children in receipt of 3 and 4 year old Nursery Education Funding.

This funding is separate to additional and exceptional needs funding, and so cannot be used for children who are in receipt of these or for children with an Educational, Health and Care Plan. Please refer to the SEND Code of Practice regarding pupils with additional needs and to the Bedford Borough SEND Early Years Guidance.

The funding can be used for a range of programmes of work, including:

  • Planning and delivery time for one-to-one or group interventions, if cover is required.
  • Resources for interventions or to enhance your provision.
  • Staff training.

Please note that applications will not be considered without a copy of the child’s IEP or setting equivalent, or a provision map for a group of children.

A panel will meet every half term to consider applications and supporting evidence.

Within 4 weeks of the end of the funding term you will be required to provide evidence of improved outcomes using the evaluation form at the bottom of this application (Section 2) and by submitting reviewed IEP(s) /setting’s equivalent plan or an evaluated provision map. If you still have concerns regarding the children’s development the panel will help to review progress made and the possible next steps for intervention.


This information should be forwarded to Julie Comber in the Early Years and Childcare Team (Borough Hall)  


Teams can be contacted for further advice as follows:

Early Years Support Team 01234 290770

Sensory & Communication Support Team 01234 300710

Early Years and Childcare Team 01234 276179

All applications will be considered at the appropriate Bedford Borough Panel. The panels will make decisions regarding the level of funding available based on the information included within the application.


Please note that the panels are unable to consider requests for retrospective funding. Application deadlines must be adhered to and further information regarding this can be sought from the relevant team. 




Other Details

Age Bands
Parents and carers
0-4 years old