Isle of Wight Council

Special Education Needs (SEN)

Childcare additional needs grant

Children's Services award grants to organisations that support young people. These could be specialist counselling services, supporting young carers, young people who are not in education, employment or training, services for traveller children and young people or support services for children and young people affected by domestic violence.

Please note: closing date for all 2019-20 grant requests is the 28 February 2020.


Who should this grant support

To support the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) who attend registered pre-schools, nurseries, childminders, breakfast and after-school clubs and holiday play-schemes (within the private, voluntary and non-maintained sector).    


How much can I apply for

100% of agreed revenue grant will be paid within thirty working days of the receipt of the signed grant agreement.

The maximum amount payable in a financial year is £3,000.

The maximum length of grant payable will be for one academic term.

Applications for subsequent periods submitted on a termly basis


When to apply

The grant round is open from 1 April 2019 - 28 February 2020. 

Grants are available to fund individual support that will be provided up until 28 February 2020.


Who can apply

Any registered provider of childcare for children aged 0 to 19 years old who provides childcare places as defined below:

  • 0 to 8 year olds place = single Ofsted registered place
  • 8 to 19 year olds place = one place before school, after school or a holiday place or any combination of these places, e.g. a breakfast and after school club opened at the same time is counted as a single childcare place. We would expect these settings to have undergone, or to be working towards voluntary registration



Grant criteria and eligibility

All applications must:

  • meet the requirements for a place as listed below, including the requirements for Ofsted registration where applicable
  • provide evidence of the need for funding including an explanation of why the setting cannot meet the cost from their own funds
  •  provide information on costs and how funding will be spent by completing a CAN Grant application form
  • agree to the conditions of the grant listed below
  • agree to the additional specific conditions of grant as identified on the CAN Grant application form
  • be discussed and endorsed in principle with your local Area Inclusion Co-ordinator (InCo).


Please review the Inclusion Support Grant Eligibility Document (PDF, 101.00 KB, 2 pages) prior to beginning the grant application form (PDF, 174.45 KB, 3 pages). 


What is funded

Short term funding for additional staff to enable the setting to be fully inclusive - where all other support strategies have been tried/explored.


What isn't funded

  • funding for specific resources
  • funding for targeted or bespoke training on specific issues or conditions that are not provided by the SfYC Training Programme
  • funding for children from the Reception Year of School (Year R) upwards to access provision during the normal school working day
  • to support a child where your setting is in receipt of SEN Inclusion Funding, unless there are exceptional circumstances. This is because this provision is already funded by the County Council from other sources
  • funding for a child accessing a setting outside of the Isle of Wight local authority area
  • funding to support a child that meets the short breaks criteria
  • funding to support a child in a maintained setting. This is because this provision is already funded by the County Council from other sources.


Approval process

We aim to support as many settings as possible, provided we are satisfied that the applications for funding meet the criteria and the funds are available. All applications will be evaluated by a panel and applicants notified of the decisions usually within three weeks of receipt.

Decisions made will fall into three categories:

  • applications approved
  • applications under consideration, further information required
  • applications unsuccessful


Appeals process

Applicants wishing to appeal against the panel’s decision should email: detailing the reasons for the appeal. The appeal will then be considered by the SEND Service Management Team.


Contact us

Isle of Wight Council -SEN
Children's Services Department
Thompson House,
Sandy Lane,
Isle of Wight,
PO30 3NA

Phone 01983 821000
Email :