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Early Years Pupil Premium for three and four year olds

Parents, did you know if you have a three or four year old child that attends a school nursery, day nursery, childminder or pre-school, your early education provider could be entitled to claim extra funding from the government to better support your child with their early education.

The funding, known as Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) will be provided directly by us and is available to children aged three and four years whose parents or carers are in receipt of certain benefits or for children who have been in care or have left care through adoption or child arrangement orders.

Do I qualify?

Three and four year olds will be eligible for EYPP if:

The child receives the universal 15 hours entitlement and they meet any of the following criteria:

  • 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 order
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order

Their parent(s) claim one of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • tax credits and have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • the Working Tax Credit four week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit – if a parent is entitled to Universal Credit they must have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.

How can the extra funds help my child?

This extra funding can be used in lots of ways to give them the best start in life and prepare them for full time school.

For example, the funding can be used to provide:

  • Specialist training for staff e.g. speech and language development
  • Extra or individual support in a particular learning area
  • Extra equipment to support particular development
  • Additional staffing or staff hours to enable further support for your child

Early years and childcare providers will have to demonstrate to Ofsted, the regulator of these services, how they have used these extra funds to support your child.

Pupil premium for looked after children (CLA)

All looked after Children aged 5-16, who are in full time education are eligible to receive support funded by the Pupil Premium as soon as they become looked after.

What Do I Do Next?

We will let you early years or childcare provider know if your child is eligible for the extra funding, you do not need to do anything else.

If you have any problems completing your application, questions or would like more information please contact us.