Early years inclusion funding and High Needs Matrix

The SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Code of Practice sets out clear guidance to early years settings and schools on the process for appropriate identification, monitoring and securing further support for children with SEN.

It is estimated that under 1 per cent of children will need additional support within an early years setting if their needs are to be met. Each provider has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that this provision is made.

In Herefordshire, we recognise that it is challenging for early years settings to meet the needs of some children with significant and/or complex needs. The Early Years Inclusion Grant was introduced to help these settings. The grant provides a contribution towards additional support for children.

High Needs Matrix funding tariffs

Expected funding amounts following assessment.

Tariff group Assessment points Tariff amount per term Tariff amount per year
Local Offer 0-9 0 0
A 10-19 £426 £1280
B 20-29 £630 £1890
C 30-49 £1045 £3135

Funding can be agreed for one, two or three terms at a time depending on circumstances. It is paid termly.

It is the responsibility of the setting to keep track of funding and re-apply if appropriate before the funding period runs out.

Applying for Early Years inclusion funding

View and download guidance and the relevant documents to use when applying for the Early Years Inclusion Grant below: