Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding for early years providers in the PVI and maintained sectors to improve quality of early education for disadvantaged 3 & 4 year olds.


Why is it being introduced?
It aims to close the gap between the additional support disadvantaged children get at age 2 through the free Early Education Entitlement and from age 4/5 through the school-age Pupil Premium.
How much is the funding?
An additional £300 per year for each eligible child taking up 570 hours.  This equates to an hourly rate of 53p per child.
When is it being introduced?
It is being introduced nationally in April 2015, although a number of pilot authorities launched this month.  Participation-led funding will commence from Autumn 2015, i.e. the Authority will only be paid for eligible children accessing a place.
What does it mean for Bradford?
Approximately 2,500 children in Bradford could benefit - bringing potential additional funding of over £750k per annum, all of which will go directly into Bradford schools and early education providers.
What are the eligibility criteria? 
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. 



Published: 08/01/2015
Audience: Headteachers and Business Managers of Nursery Schools and Primary Schools with Nursery Classes Early
Contact: Adele Baines

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