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Support for disadvantaged children in early years from the Early Years Pupil Premium

March 2015

The most disadvantaged 3 and 4 year old children in early years settings are set to be helped by new funding from the Department for Education to help narrow the gap between them and their peers.

Settings will receive the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for each child they have that meets the criteria set by the Government. Settings will have to show that they have used the money to help disadvantaged children by, for example: improving the quality of their setting; training staff to be more able to support children with extra needs; or provide resources and interventions that help children to catch up. Settings can decide themselves how to spend the money but will need to show Ofsted that what they have used it for makes a difference.

Important information about the EYPP:

  • Settings can claim the EYPP for all 3 and 4 year old children in their setting whose parents receive certain benefits, for example Universal Credit or Income Support, or for children who are in care.
  • Settings have to claim the money they are entitled to from the local authority. This means it is really important for parents to let their child's early years setting know if they meet the EYPP criteria set by the government.
  • The local authority will pay 53 pence per hour for each child that meets the criteria. For children who take up all the available early education hours, this will be about £300.
  • But, children are eligible even if they don't take up their full early education hours; local authorities will claim just for the hours attended by children who are entitled to the EYPP.
  • At the moment there are 7 local authorities, known as pathfinders, trialling the EYPP.
  • The EYPP will be available to everyone in April 2015, after the government have found out what was learned from the pathfinders.

The government put out a consultation last year asking for views on the EYPP, and their response to people's comments can be found here. The views were interesting, including the finding that speech and language support was thought, by those that commented, to be an essential part of any support programme for disadvantaged children.

More information about the EYPP can be found here.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a guide for practitioners on how they can use their Early Years Pupil Premium.

Information on I CAN's evidence-based programmes and training that provide practical help and support can be found here. The EYPP can be used to provide these programmes in early years settings.

EYPP can be used to buy resources for supporting language development in the early years