Disability Access Fund is money that is available to a nominated childcare provider once per year.
Three and four year old children who meet these criteria are eligible:
- The child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
- The child receives the Early Years Entitlement at a childcare provider in Somerset
Children become eligible for the Early Years Entitlement in the funding period after their third birthday. There is more information about this on our Early Years Entitlement page.
Children do not need to take up all of their 570 Early Years Entitlement hours to be able to access the Disability Access Fund, and it is up to the childcare provider how the Disability Access Fund is spent. It cannot be used to pay for additional hours. Your childcare provider will be able to discuss plans with you to meet your child’s needs.
Four year olds in a maintained, academy or free school reception class are not eligible for the Disability Access Fund.
Funding is paid at £615 per year and is paid to one childcare provider nominated by the parent.
Funding is not available to any childcare provider who is not claiming any Early Years Entitlement for the child.
Once funding for the year is paid, it will not be reclaimed even if the child leaves the setting. The new setting will not be able to receive any Disability Access Fund payment until the following year.
To apply for the Disability Access Fund, please complete the application form below using the 'Apply now' button, and attach the letter from the Department for Work and Pensions which proves the award of Disability Living Allowance.
If you are unable to attach the proof, you can post it to Entitlements Team, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY, including details of the name of the applicant with the proof. Disability Access Fund will not be awarded until the Disability Living Allowance proof is received.