What is the Early Years Pupil Premium?

The aim of the Early Years Pupil Premium is to close the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers by providing funding to early years providers to help them raise the quality of their provision. (DfE: 2014)

From the Summer Term 2015 the Nursery School has been allocated an additional sum of money to help us support the learning of some of the 3 and 4 year old children who are accessing their free entitlement.

How will it be allocated?

The Pupil Premium will be used by the Nursery School to help address inequalities by assuring that the needs of the eligible children are considered and reviewed regularly.

How will it be spent?

The Nursery School will decide how to use the Pupil Premium money on a termly basis.   The decision as to how to spend it will be determined by the needs of the eligible children and so will be reviewed and may change from term to term.

Examples of possible use of the Pupil Premium could include:

  • small group work such as Nursery Narratives, Helicopter Stories, Attention Buckets;
  • staff training in relevant areas;
  • access to professional advice, support and services;
  • provision of additional equipment if deemed necessary e.g. Core Books;
  • The EYPP for children in care will be used to support his or her educational or developmental needs, as identified in his / her Early Years Personal Education Plan. The use of the funding and its impact will be recorded in his / her Early Years Personal Education Plan.

Who is eligible?

Children will be eligible for support from the Early Years Pupil Premium if they meet at least one of the criteria set out by the DfE (Department for Education) as follows:

The family are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers allowance
  • Income based 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 they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of not more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • the child has been in local authority care for one day or more in England or Wales
  • the child has been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • the child has left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales

How will we monitor the impact?

  • Monitoring of children’s developmental records / Early Years Personal Education Plan
  • Monitoring of records of targeted small group work
  • Monitoring of children’s progress and attainment data
  • Feedback from parents/carers
  • Feedback from staff