Inclusion Funding (Element 2)

Early Years Element 2 (formerly Inclusion Funding) is aimed at supporting the inclusion of those 2, 3 and 4 year olds with SEND in early years provision (PVI and maintained) receiving funded education.

The Authority will only consider applications for Inclusion Funding (Element 2) for a 2 Year Old Funded place where a child has a specific need and where a young person has a funded place (see below).  There are specific SEND criteria under which an application can be made (as detailed below)


Parents can apply for a 2 year Old Funded place through the NY Families Information Service if they meet any of the criteria below:

  • Income Support

  • Child Tax Credit and have a joint annual income not over £16,190

  • Working Tax Credits and have a joint annual income of no more than £16,190

  • The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Universal Credits

  • Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Your two year old child receives Disability Living Allowance

Children looked after by a local council, such as with foster carers, are also entitled to a free two-year-old place. Children are also eligible if they've been adopted from local authority care or if they have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or Residence Order.

Applications for Inclusion Funding (Element 2) to support a 2 year old SEND placement will only be considered when a funded place has been agreed as above.

If you have a child who qualifies for a funded place and you feel that they have a specific need please complete the application and planning forms for the use of inclusive funding.

Early Years providers are able to apply for additional funding to support children in a given (SEN Code of Practice) area of need.  Panels will generally be held half termly.


Applications Received

Date Reviewed

Date Funding Applied

1st February to 28th/29th February March Beginning of summer term
1st March to 30th April May After June half term
1st May to 30th June July Beginning of Autumn term
1st July to 30th September October After October half term
1st October to 30th November December Beginning of Spring term
1st December to 31st January February After February half term


Please read the guidance thoroughly before making any application.

We have added additional information (see below) on Risk Assessments (including Guidance on their use and a Pro-forma) for your assistance.

NB:  An application for Element 2 funding MUST include signed Parental Consent.  If you are using a previous version of the application form below is an Inclusion Service PC for you to download.  The new application form has a parental consent at the end.

If you have any queries please contact Inclusive Education - 01609 534010

Completed submissions must be received by the Authority on or before the deadlines as detailed in the above timetable (Applications Received).  Late applications will be put forward to the next Panel date


Useful Documents

Application Form for Element 2

Parental Consent Form

Element 2 Guidance

Planning the Use of Element 2 (formerly Inclusion Funding) to Support Children in Reaching their Outcomes

Risk Assessment Guidance

Risk Assessment Proforma

Sessional Plan