The Early Years Pupil Premium is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers by improving the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of eligible children.
All children aged 3 and 4 who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. It will be paid to early years providers on an hourly rate basis, linked to claimed hours for eligible children. The annual value for a 15 hour place over a full year will be just over £300, or 53p per hour.
Any provider registered to offer funded early years places will receive the EYPP if they have entitled children. All parents will be asked to supply details to allow a check to be run by the local authority, eligible parents will trigger a payment direct to the childcare setting.
Eligibility is updated on a monthly basis in case parent circumstances change. The children are funded from that point on if they do become eligible.
Settings linked to a school base on Capita One cannot have parent details collected in the same way and so funding have an online form that allows the school bursar to submit the children’s parent details. The parental information is then checked for financial eligibility in the same way detailed above.
Children will be eligible if:
- they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving government-funded childcare entitlements in any OFSTED registered childcare provider and their parents are in receipt of one or more of the benefits used to access eligibility for free school meals
- parents receive Universal Credit
- parents receive Income Support
- parents receive Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- parents receive Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- parents receive support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- parents receive the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- parents receive 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)
- parents receive Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credits
or if they have been:
- looked after by the local authority for at least one day
- have been adopted from care in the local authority
- have left care through special guardianship; and subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as residence orders) in Central Bedfordshire
How can providers use the funding?
It is essential to have good knowledge of children’s starting points to enable you to plan and deliver next steps to support their learning and development. You need to be aware of the attainment of disadvantaged children and the progress disadvantaged children are making in relation to their peers. All practitioners need to have an understanding of age related expectations and enable children to achieve and move beyond them.
The funding provides extra money at a hugely important point in children's lives to the children who need it most. It presents a great opportunity for investment in improving outcomes for children. It can be used to improve the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of children.