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Early Years LIFT

Early Years Referrals through LIFT

There are three Early Years LIFT meetings each term in the Sevenoaks District, held on Tuesdays from 9.30am.

Settings are allocated to a local group and meetings located as follows:

For further information about Early Years LIFT meetings, Best Practice Guidelines, procedures and forms please follow link to KELSI

http://www.kelsi.org.uk/support-for-children-and-young-people/early-years-and-childcare/equality-and-inclusion/special-educational-needs-for-early-years

Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF) in Kent

The SEN Inclusion Fund (SENIF) is a statutory requirement made available by KCC to enable settings, childminders and out of school providers supporting pre-school children with special educational needs to secure better outcomes.  It is not designed to provide 1:1 support as research has shown that this is not the best way to support the majority of children.

If the criteria are met, SENIF can be requested;

  • when the child attends a Kent setting, a registered Kent childminder or registered out of school provider. 
  • when the child does not have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP).
  • for a maximum of 30 hours per week pro rata on attendance & eligibility.
  • when the child is in receipt of Nursery Education Entitlement for three and four year old children in line with the Headcount data.
  • when the child attends a Kent setting registered to take two, three, and four year old children

The SENIF application process is also utilised for children with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) but the County SEN Inclusion Fund Officer needs to be contacted directly for the specific application form.

It is non-statutory to provide this offer for eligible two year olds in receipt of Nursery Education Entitlement but Kent will continue to fund support for these children up to a maximum of 15 hours, when attending a Kent setting that is registered to take Free for Two places.

SENIF requests are considered by the County SEN Inclusion Fund Officer based on the criteria set and quality assured by the SEN Monitoring & Quality Assurance Manager and County Strategic Lead for Early Years SEND.

Requests for Specialist Nursery Observation and Assessment (O&A) placements at a Profound, Severe and Complex (PSC) Special School will be considered at the termly Early Years Multi Agency Planning Meetings (MAP) held in each Area. Wherever possible the child will access a mainstream pre-school setting alongside the specialist O&A placement.

(Taken from the SENIF Guidance Document 22.05.18)

For further information about SENIF funding and Observation and Assessment Nursery Placements, procedures and forms please follow the link to Kelsi below:

https://www.kelsi.org.uk/special-education-needs/special-educational-needs/senif or contact the County SEN Inclusion Fund Officer SENIF@kent.gov.uk