Services for Young Children

Disability Access Funding (DAF)

Disability Access Funding (DAF) started from 1 April 2017.

Information provided by the Department for Education (DfE) about the Disability Access Funding can be found on page 16 of the Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF) operational guidance.

There is currently no detailed guidance regarding the use of this funding but we believe that the expectation is that it could be used for environmental adaptations such as ramps, accessible equipment, etc that improve access.


3 and 4 year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance and;

  • the child accesses the funded entitlement at the Early Years Provider

Please note that four-year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding. Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3. Details of the dates when children become eligible are available in existing guidance.


The settings of three- and four-year-olds eligible for the DAF will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £615 per year. The DAF is not based on an hourly rate and is an additional entitlement.

Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF. Children in receipt of the DAF will be eligible where they take-up any period of free entitlement.

Identifying eligible children

Early years providers are ultimately responsible for identifying eligible children. We therefore encourage you to speak to parents in order to find out who is eligible for the DAF.

There is currently no specified guidance about auditing the use of this funding though we would advise settings to keep clear records and accounts of how they have used the funding for auditing purposes, and should also record this in the child’s record.