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Early Years Pupil Premium

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium? (EYPP)

The introduction of the EYPP for 3 and 4 year olds from April 2015 aims to support providers to bridge the gap between the most and least advantaged children and their readiness for school. There will be approximately £300 additional funding for each eligible child.  Early years providers have a key opportunity to maximise this additional funding to improve children’s outcomes and to boost disadvantaged children’s achievement.

All providers delivering funded early education and childcare places will be eligible to receive the EYPP. This includes private day nurseries, pre-school playgroups, childminders and academy, maintained and independent school nurseries.

What is the eligibility criteria?

 The EYPP can be claimed by an Early Year’s provider if a 3 or 4 year old is accessing a free early education and childcare place at their setting and the child’s parent /carer receives one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit with an annual net income not exceeding £7400
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided the family is not also entitled to Working Tax Credit (WTC) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190*)       (*Current figure at time of printing)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after a family stops qualifying for WTC)

Or the child falls into one of the following groups:

  • Has been looked after by the local authority for at least one day
  • Has been adopted from care
  • Has left care through a special guardianship order
  • Is subject to a child arrangement order (previously known as a residence order)

Further information

An Early Years Pupil Premium Factsheet is available for parents/carers to provide them with more information about the EYPP and how it could benefit their child. A link to this factsheet can be found under the ‘Useful documents’ section on this webpage.

An EYPP Guidance document is available for early years providers with further details on the process for claiming the EYPP. In addition, some practical tips on how you could allocate EYPP funding can be found here on the Early Education website.

The Education Endowment Foundation has extended their teaching and learning toolkit, to assist early years providers in identifying how best to spend the EYPP and this can be found at