This page is for providers of early years education. If you are a parent, please check this information about the Early Years Pupil Premium.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and Deprivation Supplement
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds. Providers are paid a pupil premium at the rate of 53p per hour for 3 and 4 year old children. Funding can be claimed for eligible children attending up to 15 hours per week (the pupil premium cannot be applied to the extended entitlement hours).
Providers receiving EYPP at 53p per hour will receive an additional 47p per hour deprivation supplement making the total additional hourly rate the children attract £1 per hour. The deprivation supplement will also be applied to the extended entitlement so any hours over 15 will now attract 47p.
|Number of children||Amount EYPP each year||Amount of Deprivation Supplement each year||Total Funding received each year|
Children will not need to access the full entitlement to be eligible for EYPP; providers will be paid on a pro-rata basis.
3 and 4-year-olds in funded early education will be eligible for EYPP funding if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
- their family gets one of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they’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, which is paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit (provided they have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £7,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.)
- they have been in local-authority care for one day or more in England or Wales
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
Four-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.
Children will be eligible from the term after their third birthday, in line with the universal entitlement to free early education for three and four year olds, which they should be taking up.
Telling parents about the funding
The process for confirming eligibility
The system will give parents an immediate response onscreen and will generate an email confirming eligibility (provided the parent selects this option).
The system will also automatically create a reference number for each application. Please note, a reference number does not confirm eligibility.
- Check the status of an application by using the link at the top of this page
- An assisted application, with parental permission, can be completed by using the link at the top of this page
Help using the system
For more information and help with using the online system, please download the following user guides
What happens next?
The local authority will be notified of every application and will allocate the EYPP accordingly.
Funding will be back-dated to the beginning of term when eligibility is confirmed before the deadline date. Payment will commence at the start of the following term for those who have their eligibility confirmed after the deadline date. Once eligibility has been confirmed the child will continue to attract EYPP for the remainder of the academic year.
Funding will be allocated on the basis of children confirmed as eligible on the online checker by the dates on your timeline (cross-checked to census data for maintained schools). EYPP remains with the child and will not need to be rechecked. Your Final Statement will record which children attracted the EYPP in the current term.
Children who are looked after by the local authority
The funding will be paid directly to the virtual school, who is responsible for monitoring spending, via the child’s statutory Personal Education Plan. The information already held about the children in care will enable the funding to be paid directly to providers. If the child has been placed in care in Oxfordshire but is looked after by another local authority, then the provider will need to contact that LA’s virtual school to arrange.
Children who have left the care of the local authority
Where a child has been adopted from care, has a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order then it will be up to those who have parental responsibility to decide if they wish to let the setting know. Parents would need to provide evidence, such as a photocopy of an adoption order. Providers must let us know that they have seen this evidence before payments can be made.
How to spend the money
The early years pupil premium is designed to give children from the poorest families the support they need to develop and learn and ensure they are ‘school ready’.
It is very important that you can demonstrate EYPP money is making a difference. This is something Ofsted will ask about during inspections.
Here are some ideas and suggestions to help you plan the most effective use of the funding.
- from foundationyears.org.uk
- from the Education Endowment Foundation
- from Early Education
- Our own early education toolkit is also pack full of resources to help you develop your provision.
- Resources for Early Years Pupil Premium (pdf format, 392Kb)
PVIs with finance enquiries can email email@example.com
Maintained schools with finance enquiries can contact their Education Financial Services (EFS) adviser. Contact details.