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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

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.


Last reviewed June 2019


What is the early year’s pupil premium?

The early year’s pupil premium (EYPP) gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support certain 3 and 4 year olds.

Who can claim early year’s pupil premium?

All providers delivering funded early education places will be eligible to receive the early year’s pupil premium.

What's the criteria for early year’s pupil premium?

3 and 4 year olds in state funded early education will attract EYPP funding. To find out more about the criteria requirements - visit page 26 on the following document - 

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.

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How can I claim for the funding?

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.

Can parents/carers influence how the pupil premium is used?

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. Howeverthey 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.

How do I find out more about Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)?

To find out more about the Early Years Pupil Premium -  Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Starting School?

If your child is eligible for EYPP it may increase your chances of getting a place at your preferred primary school as EYPP eligibility is part of the admissions policy for community primary schools in Reading.  For more information on admissions please visit our website: