Early years pupil premium provider information

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.

How will I know if I can claim the funding

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:

  • Income support
  • Income based jobseekers allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (please note you must not be claiming working tax credit)
  • Working tax credit run-on (paid for four weeks after a family stops qualifying for working tax credit)
  • Universal credit

Or the child is in one of the following groups:

  • Looked after by the local authority
  • Adopted from care
  • Has left care through a special guardianship arrangement
  • Is subject to a child arrangement order (previously known as a residence order)

How much will I be paid?

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.

What is my role in promoting the early years pupil premium to parents and carers?

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.

How do I claim the premium?

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.

How can I spend the premium?

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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