Early Years Pupil Premium

Detailed information on EYPP including making an online application.

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 early education and childcare providers extra funding to support eligible 2, 3 and 4-year-olds. Providers are paid a pupil premium at the rate of 68p per hour for 2,3 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 additional entitlement hours that a 3 and 4 year-old may be receiving).

Deprivation supplement

Providers receiving EYPP at 68p per hour will receive an additional 47p per hour deprivation supplement making the total additional hourly rate the children attract £1.15 per hour. The deprivation supplement will also be applied to the additional entitlement so any hours over 15 for a 3 and 4 year-old will now attract 47p. 

Number of children Amount EYPP each year Amount of Deprivation Supplement each year Total Funding received each year
1 child £387.60 £267.90 £655.50
5 children £1,938 £1,339.50 £3,277.50
10 children £3,876 £2,679 £6,555
15 children £5,814 £4,018.50 £9,832.50

Children will not need to access the full entitlement to be eligible for EYPP; providers will be paid on a pro-rata basis.


2, 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:

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 second 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

How to claim funding

Please see guidance notes for EYPP on the Forms and guidance notes page


All providers

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.