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Early Years Pupil Premium

Nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers are able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.

National data and research tells that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide early years providers with extra funding to close this gap.

The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference.

Providers can use the extra funding in any way they choose to improve the quality of the early years education that they provide for your child. This could include for example additional training for their staff on early language, investing in partnership working with colleagues in the area to further their expertise or supporting staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.

Therefore we ask that all parents complete an online eligibility form. This will allow providers to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium.

Eligibility criteria

All early years providers who deliver government funded early education will be able to claim the early years pupil premium for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • 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)

There are special circumstances that are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium, in addition to the economic criteria, if your child meets any of the following:

  • your child is looked after by the local authority
  • your child has left care through a special guardianship or adoption or residence order

How to apply

Parents should discuss information about Early Years Pupil Premium with their childcare provider, as the provider is responsible for the application process.

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