Children services Where to start Funding Funding for the Nursery and School placement is directly through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and your Local Authority, providing you apply for an Education Health & Care (EHC) plan. It is possible to obtain a plan for children under 2 years of age and this can continue until the age of 25 providing that it is agreed the young person will remain in education after the age of 18yrs. Until an EHC plan is produced, or the Local Authority agrees funding pending an EHC plan, you can arrange to meet the cost of your child’s placement personally. There are some grant funders that will cover the cost of a placement too. An invoice will be provided once this has been agreed with you or a grant funder.