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
30 hours

Tariff amount per term
15 hours

Tariff amount per year
Local Offer 0-9 £0 £0 £0
A1 10-14 £243 £121.50 £729
A2 15-19 £482 £241 £1446
B1 20-24 £832 £416 £2496
B2 25-29 £1187 £593 £3561
C1 30-34 £1393 £696.50 £4179
C2 35-39 £1603 £801.50 £4809
C3 40-44 £1809 £904.50 £5427
C4 45-49 £2056 £1028 £6168
D1 50-54 £2841 £1420.50 £8523
D2 55-59 £3294 £1647 £9882
D3 60-64 £3748 £1874 £11,244
D4 65-69 £4202 £2101 £12,606
E1 70-74 £4660 £2330 £13,980
E2 75-79 £5113 £2556.50 £15,339
E3 80-84 £5567 £2783.50 £16,701
E4 85-89 £6025 £3012.50 £18,075
F1 90-94 £6479 £3239.50 £19,437
F2 95-99 £6932 £3466 £20,796
F3 100-104 £7386 £3693 £22,158
F4 105-109 £7844 £3922 £23,532

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: