Early Years Pupil Premium

From April 2015, all schools, preschools, childminders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.

The Early Years Pupil Premium provides up to an extra £302 a year for us to help each eligible three and four year old child who is taking up the full 15 hour a week place in a nursery class, preschool or with a childminder or other child care provider. 

This extra money is to support those children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits, those who are in local authority care and any who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This additional money could make a significant difference to children.

We can choose to use the extra funding in whatever way will best improve the quality of the early year’s education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example, special equipment or additional specialist help with early speech and communication.

It is recognised that high quality early education can influence how well a child does later at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.

The school will be held to account by Ofsted and we will have to provide clear evidence that this money is having a positive effect on EYPP children. We will use the Early Years Outcomes tracker toolkit to identify where a child may need additional support and consider resources/training accordingly. We closely monitor the impact of the funding for each child and ensure that all staff help children eligible for EYPP to make rapid progress.

Governors and senior leaders have used the Education Endowment Foundation Early Years toolkit to help us identify effective resources and strategies for helping eligible children through effective use of EYPP.

Ludwick Nursery School is part of an exciting national project with ‘Early Education’, as one of 15 local pilot networks across the country; ‘Learning Together about Learning Project’. With other local settings we are looking at ways of using the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and are sharing our findings to demonstrate the impact it can have. For more information please see Early Education website at www.early-education.org.uk/eypp.

We are very keen to access EYPP funding so we can ensure that we are providing the best start for all of our children. All families will be asked to fill in the relevant section of the funding declaration form given out when their child joins our setting which will allow us to claim the funding for all eligible children. Eligibility is checked simply using a parent/carer’s National Insurance number. Click here to view the EYPP parent leaflet.