Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year olds.


Next review date May 2024


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?

Children must be in receipt of the 3 & 4 Year Old Universal 15 hours in order to attract EYPP funding. Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of the universal funding 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.

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

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.

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:



Related Advice

3 & 4 Year Old Universal 15 hours and 30 hours funding 2 Year Old Education & Childcare Funding

Page last reviewed: 31/05/2023

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