Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The EYPP is additional funding for 3 and 4 year olds receiving free childcare who require further educational support.

The EYPP will be paid to local authorities through the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). Local authorities will be required to pass it on to early years providers for each eligible child at the hourly rate of 53p per hour (slightly over £300 for a full time place).

How can providers use the funding?

As a provider, you will be free to determine how the funding is spent but you are expected to use it to improve the quality of early years education for the children who require further educational support. You will need to maximise this additional funding to improve the child's outcomes and to boost their achievements so as to ‘narrow the gap’.

You should use the evidence on what works in improving quality when making decisions about how to use the funding.

Is my setting able to claim the funding?

All registered childcare providers that accept children who are able to claim free childcare (including school nurseries and maintained nursery schools; private, voluntary and independent providers and childminders) will be entitled to claim the EYPP for eligible 3 and 4 year olds.

Children will be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving government funded free childcare from any OFSTED registered provider and their parents are in receipt of one or more of the benefits used to assess eligibility for free school meals:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit

Or if they:

  • have been looked after by the local authority for at least one day
  • have been adopted from care
  • have left care through special guardianship and 
  • are subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as residence orders)

Parents can check if their child is eligible using the online checker below:

EYPP eligibility checker

Financial support for childcare providers 

You can claim funding for the time spent at certain events. Find out how to do this on our Financial support for providers working with vulnerable children page.

Further information

More information on the EYPP and the Early Implementation Programme can be found on the Department for Education (DfE) website.

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