We support all practitioners and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) working with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities in early years settings in Torbay.

Inclusion support takes the form of training, advice and guidance around individual children’s needs and inclusive practices.

The Advisory Teacher for Early Years Inclusion can be contacted on 01803 208261 or 07789 923 782.

SEN Early Years Resources are also available.


Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY)

Early Years settings are invited to apply for activity led funding to help support individual children with needs who have been referred to the service by completing the Funding for Support form.

ALFEY Panel Dates 2019-2020
Final Submission date ALFEY Panel Effective from
Friday 17 July 2020 Tuesday 4 August 2020 Start of autumn term
Friday 25 September 2020 Tuesday 13 October 2020 After October half term
Friday 13 November 2020 Tuesday 1 December 2020 Start of spring term
Friday 22 January 2021 Tuesday 9 February 2021 After February half term
Friday 5 March 2021 Tuesday 23 March 2021 Start of summer term
Friday 30 April 2021 Tuesday 18 May 2021 After May half term

You can make a request for activity led funding for supporting Individual children by downloading and completing the Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY) parts 1 and 2 forms and sending them to us.

Terms of Reference
Activity Led Funding Early Years (ALFEY) Panel

  Download Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY) form – Part 1 (setting information)

  Download Activity Led Funding in Early Years (ALFEY) form - Part 2 (child information)

Part 2 - Form guidance
ALFEY Guidance on requesting funding for supporting individual children.
Part 2 - Checklist of what to include
ALFEY checklist
Change of hours application form
ALFEY change of hours form

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

In addition, Early Years settings may be able to receive DAF for eligible children attending their setting. The Disability Access Fund is money that is available for eligible children to a nominated childcare provider once per year to aid access to Early Years places for children with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.

  Download Disability Access Fund application form

Disability Access Fund
Information including eligibility criteria.

SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Forum Bulletins

SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Forum Bulletin 1
This bulletin will replace the SEND and Vulnerable Children’s Forum planned for 21st May 2020.


Forms and records downloads

You can download the relevant forms and record keeping templates and guidance documents below.