Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for eligible three and four year olds attending their free early education.

The money is paid to the childcare provider to help them to better meet the needs of children and to maximise their learning in readiness to go to school. The provider can receive up to £300 of additional funding for each child.

We have tried to answer your questions below, but if you have another question or want to find out more about the Early Years Pupil Premium please contact us on 01724 298298 or eef@northlincs.gov.uk.

Children registered for three or four year old early education funding and whose families are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) and an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit four-weeks run-on
  • Universal Credit (subject to consultation)

A child will also be eligible if he or she has left care through adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order or if they are looked after by a local authority.

Any Ofsted registered childcare provider can receive the EYPP. In North Lincolnshire this includes childminders, school and academy nurseries, pre-schools and day nurseries, and before and after school clubs.

Families of eligible children must complete a Parent Agreement Form. The form requests the parent or guardian name, date of birth and National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service Number.

This information is submitted to the council and a check is undertaken using the Eligibility Checking Service (ECS). This provides access to HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions databases of all families in receipt of relevant benefits.

If the child is eligible, additional funding will automatically be added to your funding payment. The funding will be paid in each payment of early education funding that you receive.

You will receive a list of children eligible each term to enable you to plan strategies to maximise eligible children’s potential.

The amount of funding is the same. However, the funding should be used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan (PEP).

Parents can indicate on their Parent Agreement Form that their child is in care or has left care. This will be checked with council records. Where a child is found, EYPP will be paid to the childcare provider. Where a child is not found, additional supporting evidence will be requested, for example a copy of court orders.

North Lincolnshire Council will release funding for children that have left care or are in the care of North Lincolnshire Council only. Where a child is in the care of another local authority the funding will be paid by the relevant authority. You should discuss this with the child’s social worker or at PEP reviews to seek the EYPP.

Once a check has been undertaken and a child is eligible for EYPP, they will remain eligible until they turn four years of age. If they are not in a school reception class at four years, a second eligibility check will be undertaken on behalf of the family. There is no need for them to reapply. The council will use the information on their original application.

Where the family is found to be not eligible at the point of application, their details will be regularly checked. If family circumstances change and they are then found to be eligible by the ECS checker the funding will be released.

If you are aware of a family change in circumstances, we advise the key worker to encourage the family to complete a new Parent Agreement Form which we can then check for eligibility for Early Years Pupil Premium. Parents should complete the child’s name, parent or guardian name, date of birth and National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service number. Once these details have been checked, we will advise you whether the child is eligible.

The funding amounts to 53 pence per hour. It is directly linked to the number of free hours a child is accessing of their free early learning and care. If a child is attending for 10 hours a week a childcare provider will be paid £5.30 per week.

The EYPP funding is directly linked to a child’s 15 hours of free early learning and care. If a child attends two childcare providers, each will receive a proportion of the funding based on the number of funded early learning and care hours the child attends at each.

It is the childcare provider’s responsibility to inform parents of their child’s eligibility for the EYPP. Where information is provided by parents and the ECS checker finds an error, providers will be asked to liaise with parents to check National Insurance Numbers or dates of birth as appropriate.

A child’s key person will regularly discuss a child’s time at the childcare provider with the child’s parents or carers. The additional funding will be used to support the child’s learning and development. However, as a provider you may combine the EYPP funding for several children or work with other childcare providers to fund specific training or activities.

When you are inspected by Ofsted, you will be asked to demonstrate how you have used the additional funding to show the difference it has made to children in your care. The funding may be used to support children with:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • literacy

This may be new equipment, training for staff members or other initiatives which support the children’s learning. Each childcare provider will use different approaches depending on the needs of the children in their care.

It will be important that you can justify the choices you have made. The focus needs to be on ‘closing the gap’ for this cohort of children to make significant progress if there is an identified risk of delay or delay in their development. You will already have strategies in place for supporting these children and their families. This funding will enable you to refine and focus what you already do, as well as introduce further strategies.

Examples and guidance of how to spend EYPP for providers is available from:

  • The Education Endowment Foundation has a toolkit that can help you to decide on which strand you might like to look at. It is based on research that is available. The initial page shows what the potential impact may be. Cost is compared to impact on progress of children.
  • The Foundation Years website provides a selection of case studies from the local authorities who were the early implementers of EYPP pilot.
  • Early Education has received funding from the Department for Education for a project to support and evaluate strategies for implementing the EYPP. The website provides assistance on how to plan your EYPP funding spend, as well as working in partnership and with families. Early Education will also publish regular newsletters for which you can sign up.
  • The Early Years Team within the council is also available to support providers in developing and recording the impact of strategies on children’s learning. They can be contacted on 01724 297953.