Early Years Funding – Special Educational Needs (SEN) Premium

The SEN Premium is a supplement for childcare settings to help meet a child’s needs. It is only for children who get the free early education entitlement (FEEE) for three and four year olds . This would be up to 15 hours or up to 30 hours if the child is eligible. The childcare setting could be a preschool, nursery, childminder or a school with a nursery offering FEEE.

A childcare setting may receive SEN Premium if:

  • the child has SEN or a disability
  • the Health Authority sends a Section 23 Notice
  • the child also gets the free early education entitlement for three and four year olds

SEN Premium doesn’t need to be applied for. When the Pre-School Allocations Panel (PAP) receive a section 23 notification for a child, they will ask the setting for more information about the child’s needs and then allocate the funding if needed.

If successful, SEN Premium will start from the term after the child’s third birthday. It’s paid each term but to carry on receiving it the setting must send the PAP updated information at the end of each term.