Early Years Pupil Premium is additional Government funding for early years settings that is specifically used to improve the learning and development of disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. For the academic year 2023/2024 the funding allocated is £342 per child. It is allocated to children if they meet specific eligibility criteria which include being registered for free school meals and those who are in care. Early Years Pupil Premium children may have barriers to their learning and this funding will help to give them early support to enable them to make better than would be expected progress for their age. The funding can be used for such things as educational trips, providing extra resources for the children, or providing specialist services, such as speech and language therapists.
Rubery Nursery School receives additional funding to support these children and this is called our Pupil Premium Allocation. We are accountable for how the money is spent and to ensure that appropriate support is in place for vulnerable groups. We ensure that children are ready to succeed at school, have excellent foundations for learning and are equipped well for achievement in life, no matter what their background.
The Department for Education (DfE) introduced an Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for eligible 3 and 4 year old children in April 2015.
This is an initiative for children whose parents/carers meet one of the following criteria:
- Economic – The family are in receipt of one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit Run-on (this is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working tax Credit)
- Universal Credit, provided you have an anuual income of no more than £7,400
- Children who have left the care of a local authority as a result of an adoption order in England or Wales
- Children who have left the care of a local authority as a result of a special guardianship order in England or Wales
- Children who have left the care of a local authority as a result of a child arrangement order in England or Wales
- Children who have been looked after by a local authority for 1 day or more in England or Wales
The DfE believes that this initiative has the potential to make a big difference to the attainment of children. Nursery receives additional funding to ensure that children are ready to succeed at school, have excellent foundations for learning and are equipped well for achievement in life, no matter what their background.
If you feel that you meet one of the criteria above, you will need to complete an online application form.
Early Years Pupil Premium Eligibility Checker
When you have completed the application form you will be given a reference number which you should make a note of. If you are applying for the EYPP because your child has been adopted from care you must let your provider have evidence of the adoption (please note that sensitive information should be hidden). Your application will be received by Birmingham City Council, who will carry out the necessary checks to ensure that your child is eligible for the EYPP funding. Should the checks show that your child is not eligible you will be contacted to check the information received is correct. Please be aware that economic eligibility criteria for 3 year old children will need to be checked again in the September of the academic year that the child will turn 4.
EYPP funding is paid directly to Nursery to improve your child’s learning experience; there is no monetary value for parents.
Early Years Pupil Premium Action Plan 2023-24
Early Years Pupil Premium 2022-23 Evaluation