There have been several queries from schools and providers regarding this confirmation, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to give some feedback and reiterate some key elements of the funding:
- Eligibility does not mirror that of Free Early Education for 2 Year Olds, it
does not include families in receipt of Working Tax Credit (WTC) with the exception of Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit) or children attracting Disability
Living Allowance, with an Education, Health and Care Plan or statement of special education needs. WTC eligibility of 2 year olds is approximately double that of out-of-work benefits in the Bradford District, which explains the concern of many schools/providers
who think their EYPP eligibility is low.
- Please do not use the 2Y checker on our website or contact our FSM (Free School Meals) Team to establish your children’s eligibility as this will give you a false number. Only the ECS checker from the Department for Education can be used to do this and
unfortunately only by Local Authority staff.
- You only need to obtain the parental information once and then we can check eligibility annually, unless a parent changes their surname.
- Payment is made termly based on the number of hours a parent has agreed their child will attend Early Education and the number of weeks in a term, hence this term’s payment being £95.40 per child attending 15 hours per week.
- Across schools and the voluntary sector 1,605 children have been identified as eligible, however this is against a Department for Education estimated target of 2,500, i.e. 64%.
- From September onwards under the new guidance, Ofsted will be including Early Years Pupil Premium in their inspections.
Section 186 states:
"Inspectors will consider how effectively leaders use additional funding, including the early years Pupil Premium where applicable, and measure its impact on narrowing gaps in children’s outcomes."
- It is vital, therefore, both for your setting and the disadvantaged children attending it that you obtain the relevant parental information so we can establish which children are eligible and pass on the funding they are entitled to.
If you have any further questions regarding EYPP, please don’t hesitate to contact Adele Baines.