Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium

The purpose of Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding is to help ‘close the gap’ between the lowest achieving children and those who are making appropriate progress or above.

Are you entitled to Early Years Premium (EYPP)?

3 and 4-year-olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding if they meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • Income Support OR Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance OR 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 (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after Working Tax Credit is stopped
  • Universal credit
  • They are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
  • They have left care in England or Wales through an adoption OR special guardianship order OR child arrangement order
Rationale

The purpose of Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding is to help ‘close the gap’ between the lowest achieving children and those who are making appropriate progress or above.

The Government allocates extra money per pupil directly to the school when families meet certain criteria relating to household income. Research has shown that these children are more likely to underachieve, therefore the EYPP is specifically used to make sure they reach their full potential in Early Years.

Schools are required to explain how funding is spent and the impact on this group of children’s progress.

St Matthew’s Nursery ensures that provision is made to secure outstanding teaching and learning opportunities which meet the needs of all children. We actively strive to remove any potential barriers to learning and our ethos is one of highly inclusive practice.

How are we using our EYPP funding? 

Our on entry data shows that many of our children, including those from the EYPP group, start Nursery with lower than expected Communication and Language skills. Not being able to communicate effectively can impact negatively on a child’s well-being and self-esteem as well as all other areas of learning; therefore we feel that focussing on accelerating children’s attainment in this area is of paramount importance.

Early Years Pupil Premium will be used to fund speech and language sessions through a programme called Early Talk Boost. The sessions are delivered three times per week by qualified Talk Boost nursery staff.

The impact of EYPP funding is measured through the school’s routine assessment and tracking systems. Data is collected and analysed using Target Tracker on a half-termly basis.