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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 May 2021


What is the early year’s pupil premium?

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is an extra grant available to childcare providers for 3 and 4 year old’s claiming the Universal Entitlement. Childcare providers will use EYPP to improve facilities, equipment and learning experiences to support your child's learning and development.

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.

Does my child qualify 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 of the attached Early Years entitlements: local authority funding of providers operational guide 2020 to 2021

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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Children may be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old, accessing the universal entitlement and if they meet at least 1 of the following criteria below:


If you receive any of the following benefits, your child might be eligible:

•Income Support

•Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

•support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

•the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

•Working Tax Credit run-on

•Child Tax Credit (if you have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

•Universal credit (if household income is less than £7,400 per after tax)


Funding might also be available if your child falls into one of the following groups:

•has been looked after by the local authority for at least one day

• is adopted from care

• has left care through a special guardianship arrangement

• has left care and is subject to a child arrangement order

Please note that 4 year old’s in primary school reception classes and receiving the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding

How can I claim for the funding?

If you think you're eligible or if you're not quite sure, your first step is to speak to your childcare provider. Your childcare provider will ask you to complete an Early Years Funding Parental Agreement form and they will apply for the funding through Reading’s Early Years Service.

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.

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: