Children and young people with SEND and their families may be entitled to additional financial support. More information about some of this support, including personal budgets and direct payments, is available in our Care and support section.
This page will set out some of the financial support which may be available. Independent support and advice about financial concerns linked to SEND is also available from the Devon Information Advice & Support for SEND service.
The government offer advice on financial help for children and young people on the Learner Support Helpline (0800 121 8989).
Funding for childcare
A number of government funding streams are available to help you meet the cost of childcare. Some of these are universally available, some are means tested and some are for parents with a child with a disability. For more information, see our funded childcare information.
Free early education
All children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to 570 hours of free early education per year which works out at 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. Some children are entitled to free early education from the term after their 2nd birthday if they meet particular criteria including entitlement to disability living allowance or if they have an education, health and care plan. Further information can be found at Childcare and Paying for childcare: Special educational needs and disabilities.
16-19 bursary fund
Young people aged 16-19 could get help with education-related costs if they are studying at school or college in England or on a training course, including unpaid work experience. This bursary can help with the cost of transport, meals, clothing, books and equipment. For more information please visit the government webpage.
Disabled students’ allowance
It may be possible for people studying a further education course to get additional money to support their studies through the Disabled Students’ Allowance depending on circumstances. The government provides more information at GOV.UK – Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
Healthcare and social work students may be eligible for a bursary through the NHS Disabled Students’ Allowance. See NHS Student Bursaries for more information.
Care to Learn
The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs for young people with children who want to study. The young person must be under 20 when the course starts. For more details see GOV.UK – Care to Learn.