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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The Government sets the rate of Early Years Pupil Premium as part of the allocation of early years funding annually.

Eligible children can start claiming EYPP in the term in which they become eligible for three-and-four-year-old free entitlement.

It provides an extra £353 a year for any child receiving 15 hours of the Early Education Entitlement.

Between September 2023 and March 2024, Early Years Providers will be entitled to an additional Early Years Supplementary Grant from KCC.

For each eligible child, an additional £0.04per hour will be provided taking the total hourly rate to £0.66per hour. Eligibility and payment schedule of this additional funding will be in line with existing processes.

Please be aware that EYPP is paid based on the Universal funded hours only - not on the extended entitlement.

Identifying eligible children

There are two types of criteria when considering if children are eligible: Economic Criteria and Other Criteria.

EYPP Economic Criteria

Parent and carers will need to complete the relevant section of the parental declaration giving providers permission to apply for EYPP. The parent needs to be claiming certain benefits or credits for example Income Support or Universal Credit. See Management Information page for full list of eligible benefits or credits.

EYPP Other Criteria

Children may also be eligible for EYPP if they meet the “Other Criteria” shown below.

  • Children who have left the care of a local authority as a result of an adoption order in England or Wales
  • Children who have left the care of a local authority as a result of a special guardianship order in England or Wales
  • Children who have left the care of a local authority as a result of a child arrangements order in England or Wales
  • Children who are currently being looked after by a Local Authority in England or Wales.

Letting parents and carers know about EYPP
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  • Include the EYPP in publicity and marketing including websites, Facebook etc.
  • Download the A4 EYPP poster (DOCX, 53.6 KB) to display in the setting.
  • Include the EYPP as part of universal admissions procedure including information at home visits.
  • Give parents our FAQs (DOCX, 35.1 KB) about EYPP.
  • Give examples of how the funding will enable you to give children additional support and how it will help children to be ready for school.

How to apply
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Go to Free Early Education, Claiming EYPP and DAF and follow the clear procedure set out by Management Information.

If you have queries email miearlyyears@kent.gov.uk or contact 03000 421612 and ask for Victoria Bentley.

Evaluating the impact

It is important to monitor and evaluate the impact of any additional funding. Consider the following points when you are evaluating:

  • Have the children progressed in their learning and development? You may wish to refer to your assessment methods, for example, the Milestone Assessment Toolkit (MAT).
  • What impact has been observed by practitioners?
  • Have families shared any progress observed at home?
  • Has the intended outcome for the funding been achieved?
  • If the impact is minimal, do you need to consider alternative strategies?

An example template for keeping track of EYPP to support the evaluation process.

Allocation of EYPP Funding template

Allocation of EYPP Funding template completed example

Ofsted will want to see evidence of impact of the funding, see Ofsted: Unknown children - destined for disadvantage?

The evidence doesn't have to be in any type of format or involve excessive paperwork. This is often gathered through conversations with families and practitioners as part of the inspection activities. If all staff and families have been involved in the decision making process around EYPP, then they should be able to talk about it with confidence and authority.

Useful links
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Other points to remember
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  • Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit shows that funding spent on communication and language projects and self-regulation has the highest impact for the least cost
  • Ensure to update your settings Additional Educational Needs register.
  • Consider pooling funding with other settings and in your collaborations
  • Consider buying the services of outside professionals.

For advice on effective use of EYPP and to receive a call or Kent funded (free) visit, complete and submit electronic request form

Contact us

Contact Management Information for further information about the EYPP scheme in Kent by email at miearlyyears@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 421612 and ask for Victoria Bentley or another member of the team will be able to help you if Victoria is unavailable.

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