Eligibility mirrors that of Free School Meals, i.e.:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit with earnings from employment below £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after stop qualifying for
Working Tax Credit
- Looked After Children
- Looked After Children who have left care through Childcare Arrangement Orders (formerly Special Guardianship) or an Adoption or Residence Order.
How will eligibility be checked?
Parents will need to provide their National Insurance number, Date of Birth and surname to the school or early education setting where their child attends. Eligibility will then be checked centrally against a national database. Eligibility of each child
must be checked annually.
What can the funding be spent on?
The DfE is giving schools and providers the flexibility to use this funding as they see fit for the eligible children’s needs. The existing Pupil Premium Toolkit will be extended to cover Early Years in February 2015 giving evidence based on research
on the best use of resources. There is also an online library of programmes deliverable locally to improve outcomes. The main accountability for the use of EYPP will be through Ofsted inspections.
What are the next steps?
The plan is to raise awareness of this additional funding among parents via schools and early education providers. A posters/website banner campaign will be launched shortly with materials being made available to all schools/providers. More details on
eligibility checking, payments and use of suggested use of funding will follow next month.