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Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for 3- and 4-year-olds aims to support providers to bridge the gap between the most and least advantaged children and their readiness for school. There will be additional funding paid on the first 15 universal hours for each eligible child. This will show as weighting of 002 on your provider portal. For rates, see your termly funding letter. Early Years providers have a key opportunity to maximise this additional funding to improve children’s outcomes and to boost disadvantaged children’s achievement.

All providers delivering funded early education and childcare places will be eligible to receive the EYPP. This includes private day nurseries, pre-school playgroups, childminders and academy, maintained and independent school nurseries.

Eligibility criteria

 The EYPP can be claimed by an Early Year’s provider if a 3- or 4-year-old is accessing a free early education and childcare place at their setting and the child’s parent or carer receives one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit with an annual net income not exceeding £7400
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided the family is not also entitled to Working Tax Credit (WTC) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190*) 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after a family stops qualifying for WTC)

*Current figure at time of publication

Or the child falls into one of the following groups:

  • they have been looked after by the local authority for at least one day
  • they have been adopted from care
  • they have left care through a special guardianship order
  • they are subject to a child arrangement order (previously known as a residence order)

Claiming EYPP

See our provider portal step-by-step guide to see how to claim for children who may be eligible for EYPP under economic circumstances.

For children who fall into one of the following:

  • those who have been adopted from care
  • those who have left care through a special guardianship order
  • those who are subject to a child arrangement order

Email: [email protected] to confirm that you have seen a copy of the court order as EYPP has to be added manually for these children.

How you can spend the EYPP

Although the government is not specifying how this should be used, providers need to be aware of how many children they have received EYPP for and be able to clearly demonstrate to Ofsted how the money is being spent to support these children and help close the gap between the attainment of the most disadvantaged children and their peers. This could be through a variety of ways including:

You need to consider the following when deciding how to spend the EYPP:

  • what specifically will raise the quality of the Early Years education offer in my provision?
  • what impact will spending this money have on the individual children accessing EYPP funding?
  • if the child attends term time only, what provision have you put in place for the holidays? Who will be leading the spending and impact of the EYPP?
  • how will the EYPP:
    • improve the quality of provision for early language and literacy?
    • improve the quality of teaching and learning?
    • contribute to practitioners CPD and how would the impact be measured?
    • encourage a professional dialogue and debate to learn from other settings?
    • improve the quality of the physical environment and “resources”?
    • improve parent’s involvement and engagement in their child’s learning?
    • effect and impact on a child’s home learning environment? Could you work in partnership with Family Learning to achieve this?
    • how are you identifying children’s needs?
    • how are you measuring progress and impact of the EYPP? Evidence about what works should be evident when making decisions about how to spend the EYPP
    • have you considered pooling EYPP funding to purchase shared services and/or use the EYPP to buy in services?
    • are you considering the evidence that shows that having a graduate within Early Years provision helps to improve the quality of practice and that graduates made the biggest difference in settings in disadvantaged areas when spending the EYPP?

Read the government guidance on Early Years national funding formula: funding rates and guidance.

The Education Endowment Foundation currently provides a teaching and learning toolkit, which is a summary of educational strategies and research to help teachers and schools decide how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This toolkit is to be extended for early years providers to assist them in identifying how best to spend the EYPP.

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