Disability Access Funding (DAF) - Extra funding for children with SEND

What is Disability Access Funding (DAF)?

Disability Access Funding (DAF) is an additional annual payment that is made directly to your child’s Early Year’s Childcare Provider.  It is for eligible children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  Disability Access Funding aims to help Childcare Providers make reasonable adjustments which support children with SEND to access their Early Education Entitlement. 

Childcare Providers may use the funding to;

  • access specialist training for staff.
  • purchase specific resources.
  • fund additional sessions etc. 

Which children are eligible to receive DAF?

Eligible children will be;

  • in receipt of the Universal Entitlement (15 hours) for 3-and-4-year-olds


If you think your Childcare Provider may be able to claim DAF for your child, please let them know as soon as possible so they can approach the Local Authority to claim this funding.

Some Parents do not realise they can claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Where DLA is awarded to a child, Parents receive extra income into the household, which can make a huge difference.  To see if your child might be eligible for DLA, follow the link; Can I claim DLA for my child?

If you would like more information about DAF, please see our handy guide:

 A Parent Guide to Disability Access Funding (DAF)

Coventry Business, Sufficiency and Funding Team

Address: PO Box 15
Council House
Earl Street

Telephone: 024 7697 5451