Early Years Inclusion Fund And Disability Access Fund

EY Inclusion Fund - Spring 2021 and Covid-19 Pandemic Recovery - Autumn 2020

To make a new inclusion funding application for Autumn 2020 send an email to seyst@york.gov.uk or use the funding form found in the useful documents section of the website. The Panel will only consider exceptional applications in September 2020 for funding Autumn 2020 (where settings have been unable to apply due to child with MSP not attending or due to staffing availability. Otherwise please apply as normal for Spring 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: To uphold data security in line with GDPR regulations we strongly suggest sending all data (including the funding form) through secure communication: DOQEX (if you cannot yet access DOQEX or require more information on how to use this system please email  seyst@york.gov.uk )

The closing date for all exceptional autumn applications is 25th September 2020.

All ongoing correspondence in relation to the inclusion fund will be sent by secure email.  It is the responsibility of the provider to track incoming information sent securely by the Early Years and Childcare Funding Team as these emails provide detailed information on the status of inclusion fund applications, to include payment details and a delay in responding to incoming information may influence the provider's ability to appeal in a timely manner.

Change of circumstance

If you wish to increase/decrease or no longer require the funding then please follow the change of circumstances procedure which can be found in the application form.

Closing dates for applications are:

25 September 2020 - settings will be notified by 9 October 2020 by secure email


Applications will not be processed after submission date.


Inclusion Fund Deadlines 2020/21:


Autumn 2020 - Exceptional Covid-19

25th September - Applications due in

9th October  - Notifications of decision sent out

16th October - Appeal deadline


Spring 2021

6th November - Applications due in

20th November - Notifications of decision sent out

27th November - Appeal deadline


Summer 2021

26th February - Applications due in

12th March - Notifications of decision sent out

19th March - Appeal deadline


Autumn 2021

11th June - Applications due in

25th June - Notifications of decision sent out

2nd July - Appeal deadline


Coronavirus adjustments

We understand it may be difficult to submit applications for EYIF at this present time due to Covid-19 pandemic. There will be an additional EYIF panel convened early in the Autumn term to provide settings with another opportunity to apply for funding. Please contact seyst@york.gov.uk or the EY QI team if you have any queries. Thank you.

Targeted support:

A small amount of additional funding is available to *support children from two years old with disabilities or additional needs who do not have an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), until they attend Reception Class in school

* Support through additional staffing, it is unlikely that we will be able to fund resources.

Priority will be given to those children with ‘high needs – low incidence’ although support for children with ‘ high incidence – low needs’ will also be considered if they are meeting the descriptors of SEN Banding Threshold Level 2 and above.


Disability Access Fund

What is the Disability Access Fund?

A small amount of additional funding is available to support access for three and four year olds with disabilities in early years settings. A sum of £615 per year is to be used to improve access and inclusion. The funding could be used to purchase specialist equipment or training to support children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Further information can be found in the Disability Access Fund Guidance in the sidebar. You can request an application from earlyyearsfunding@york.gov.uk.