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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Information on EYPP including guidance to providers and how to check eligibility.

This page is for childcare providers. If you are a parent, please read our parents' information page.

The Department for Education states that it will close the gap at ages three and four between the additional support disadvantaged children get at age two and the additional support they get in school through the school-age Pupil Premium.

Early Years Pupil Premium guidance for childcare providers (pdf, 309kb) (opens in a new window) explains what providers should do to claim the additional funding for children aged 3 and 4 who attend their setting.

Check if you're eligible for EYPP

As a childcare provider, you can check if your 3 and 4 year old are eligible once you have the consent of parents.

Use our checker to see if each child is eligible:

Check EYPP eligibility

Why it has been introduced

Research (opens in a new window) shows that at the start of school there is a significant gap between the most and least advantaged children. Closing this gap and eradicating this inequality is fundamental to ensuring all children get the best start in life.

Early Years Pupil Premium is an extra investment for early years providers to support them to raise the quality of their provision. It will also allow them to close the gap between pupils. Eligible children are expected to make faster progress than their peers.

How you could spend the money

There is freedom to decide how you can make the best use of the extra funding to support eligible children. The main accountability is through the Ofsted (opens in a new window) inspection process where inspectors will look to see how effectively leaders use the funding to narrow the gap in children's outcomes. You are expected to know who the children are when you are asked. The local council retains the right to monitor how public funding is being spent.

What to do once you've identified eligible children

Once identified, you should consider:

  • are children's starting points recorded as soon as possible, including contributions from parents?
  • have you identified areas of learning and development where the child may be at risk of delay?
  • have the manager and Key Person discussed and agreed what relevant interventions will be implemented; what strategies will best support the identified child in making accelerated progress to narrow the gap between them and their peers?
  • do you regularly track the child's progress, identify any concerns and discuss these at supervision/staff meetings?

Further advice and suggestions on how to spend the additional funding

Who can help?What do they do?
The Education Endowment Early Years Toolkit (opens in a new window)They provide an up to date and accessible summary of educational research that provides guidance for early years professionals on how to use their resources to improve the learning of disadvantaged children.
Early Education: The British Association for Early Childhood Education (opens in a new window)They provide a range of sources that can help you to refine your decision making processes in regard to EYPP.
The Foundation Years factsheet (opens in a new window)The Foundation Years fact sheet aims to answer some of the most common questions about EYPP.
Early Education (opens in a new window)They provide lots of ideas and templates as well as encouraging providers to think more about EYPP.

I Can (opens in a new window)

I can provide information on supporting children in early years with communication difficulties.

Strategies to support you in making a difference

You must:

  • ensure you monitor and evaluate individual plans regularly and make necessary changes to any interventions which are not helping the child to make progress record and monitor factors which mitigate progress such as regular absences and ill health
  • capture the parents' and child's voice to monitor progress and demonstrate impact
  • reflect and evaluate upon the effectiveness of evidence held, such as: observations, learning journeys, supervision notes and staff meeting notes

Further support in Dorset

Children's Centres are keen to work in partnership with early years providers and offer a range of training. Contact your local Children's Centres to find out what they offer.

You can find training and professional development through Dorset Nexus (opens in a new window).

For further support Contact the Early Years and Childcare Service to speak to an adviser.

See Early Education's guide to allocating EYPP funding (opens in a new window).

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