If your child is eligible for free school meals, they may also be entitled to a sum of money paid to their school or childcare setting to boost their learning.
The early year’s pupil premium (EYPP) gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support certain 3- and 4-year-olds.
All providers delivering funded early education places will be eligible to receive the early year’s pupil premium.
3- and 4-year-olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding if they meet at least 1 of the following criteria:
- their family gets 1 of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s 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 they’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, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- they are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
- they have left care in England or Wales through:
- an adoption
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangement order
Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.
Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3. Details of the dates when children become eligible are available.
Please note that 4-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.
(Above information from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-pupil-premium-guide-for-local-authorities)
You only need to complete the funding application form given to you by your childcare provider. This will ask for your National Insurance number, full name and date of Birth. The Provider will then do the rest for you.
There is no obligation for your school/setting to consult parents/carers on how they use the money they claim for your child, although some schools or settings may involve parents. However, they do have to show that they are using their pupil premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections showing the progress made by children who are eligible for pupil premium.
The websites below will provide information on how the money is spent and demonstrate most effective use of the funding.
To find out more about the Early Years Pupil Premium - Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)