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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) introduced in April 2015 provides extra funding for 3 and 4 year old children:

  • a) whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or
  • b) who have been in care or adopted from care (approximately 13% of children)

It provides an extra £302 a year for any child receiving 15 hours of the Early Education Entitlement.

How to apply
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Go to Free Early Education for 3 to 4 year olds and scroll down to the EYPP section, you will find the following:

  • EYPP update letter
  • On-line form for EYPP applications
  • Paper EYPP form for settings to submit on parents' behalf
  • EYPP guidance information

Letting parents and carers know about EYPP
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  • include the EYPP in publicity and marketing including websites, Facebook etc.
  • include the EYPP as part of universal admissions procedure including information at home visits
  • give parents our FAQs (DOCX, 15.1 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

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
  • Equality and Inclusion Team deliver I CAN training which is very effective, well evidenced and excellent use of EYPP. See Threads of Success for details
  • consider pooling funding with other settings and in your collaborations
  • consider buying the services of outside professionals
  • Ofsted will want to see evidence of impact of the funding, see Ofsted: Unknown children - destined for disadvantage?

Have you considered using your EYPP funding to fund the I CAN Early Talk Boost intervention programme? A number of settings have already done this and have started to report extremely good results in terms of seeing improvement in children's communication and social skills.

Useful links
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Visit Free Early Education for information and guidance for settings and parents including eligibility criteria

For further information visit

Return to Equality and Inclusion landing page