Childcare Professionals

SEN inclusion fund

The local authority is required to have an inclusion fund for children with special educational needs and disabilities who are taking up their free early education entitlement. Locally this fund is called Element 3.

This fund is available for two, three or four year old children with additional needs who may need extra support to access early education.  in some circumstances, funding may be given to children under 2 if they have complex medical needs and/or significant sensory impairment.  The funding is in addition to the free early education payment. 

The full information and resources for Element 3 is available on