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Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) Inclusion Fund

The fifth round of the Scottish Government's Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund closed on 30 October 2020.

Please check this site for details of the next round, updated information, criteria for applying and resources to help support your application.

About the Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund

The ELC Inclusion Fund provides funding to ELC settings to support children with additional support needs (ASN) in Scotland to access their funded ELC entitlement. Staff working in ELC settings can apply for funding for training, resources, equipment and adaptations to support children with ASN within their setting.

The ELC Inclusion Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

The Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will distribute up to £2 million over four years (2018-2021) to selected registered ELC providers in Scotland, to support children with additional support needs (ASN) to access their funded ELC entitlement and ensure that staff working in their ELC setting receive appropriate training to help them meet the needs of these children.

The intention is that the fund will:

  • Make ELC settings more accessible for children with additional support needs;
  • Result in an increase in the number of ELC staff who are trained and confident to support children with additional support needs;
  • Promote more inclusive learning experiences for children; and
  • Ultimately, result in better outcomes for children with additional support needs.

What are additional support needs?

Children who need extra or different help than other children their age, for any reason, are said to have ‘additional support needs’. Children might have additional support needs for many reasons. For example, a child might need support if: their learning environment is not suitable for them, they are disabled or have a health condition, family circumstances are affecting their ability to learn, or they are experiencing social or emotional problems.

All looked after children are assumed to have additional support needs unless they are assessed as not needing extra help to learn.

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have had an impact on some children’s existing additional support needs and may have resulted in the emergence of additional support needs in other children. This fund could be used to support these needs.

If you would like any further information on the Fund or to be added to our emailing list to hear about future funding rounds, please contact inclusionfund@childreninscotland.org.uk.

The Scottish Government

The ELC Inclusion Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Children in Scotland.

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