Recent studies show that there is a 19 month gap in attainment between the most and least advantaged children by the time they start school.
Introduction of the early years pupil premium (EYPP) is intended to support schools, nurseries and childminders to bridge this gap with additional funding, to support the education they provide. The early years pupil premium for three and four year olds was introduced in April 2015. All providers delivering funded early education places will be eligible to receive the premium.
The premium can be claimed by a childcare provider if a child at their setting is accessing free early education for three and four year olds and the child's parent or carer receives one of the following benefits:
Or the child is in one of the following groups:
The early years pupil premium is paid at a national rate of 53 pence for every free early education hour that an eligible child attends their setting. Salford City Council's Starting Life Well service passes on the full rate to providers. Children will not need to access the full entitlement to be eligible for the early years pupil premium; providers will be paid on a pro rata basis.
You should promote the premium to all parents and carers in your setting and encourage them to tell you that they may be eligible. This should be voluntary; some parents will choose not to identify themselves as meeting the eligibility criteria. To help providers, both the Department for Education and Starting Life Well service has produced sample materials, the letter for parents and registration form for parents are both available to download below. These examples are not mandatory you can use your own method of communicating this information to your parents.
Please refer to the Salford early years pupil premium information booklet which is available to download below. You will also need to download the funded headcount information and parent declaration form.
The Department for Education has indicated that early year's providers can choose how they wish to spend the premium but they should use evidence about what works when making this decision and it must raise the quality of their early education offer. The main accountability for the use of EYPP will be through Ofsted inspections. Further information can be found in the Salford early years pupil premium information booklet and help with planning for the use of EPP monies has been developed by Early Education Association.
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