What is Early Years Pupil Premium?
Early Years Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2015 meaning that nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers who are delivering funding entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds are able to claim extra funding to support disadvantaged children who meet the eligibility criteria.
What is the aim of Early Years Pupil Premium?
The aim of the Early Years Pupil Premium is to close the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and other children by providing additional funding to settings such as ours, therefore ensuring that these children have the best possible start to their education.
What is the impact of Early Years Pupil Premium?
National data and research tells that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. Evidence shows that children from less advantaged backgrounds can start school 19 months behind their peers, but that good quality childcare can reduce this gap and have a significant benefit in terms of a child’s development and the Early Years Pupil Premium provides us with extra funding to close this gap, diminishing the difference.
Who is eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium?
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formally in local authority care but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money makes a significant difference to us and in order to be able to claim this funding we require parents to sign the funding agreement which asks for details of parent’s date of birth and National Insurance number.
Further information can be found here about who is eligible.
How is this funding spent?
We can use the extra funding in whatever way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This includes:
What difference does Early Years Pupil Premium make and how do we know?
It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. Children who receive good-quality early years education go on to earn around £27,000 more during their career compared to those who don’t, and are also likely to do better at school - the equivalent of 7 GCSE grades at grade B compared to grade C.
We measure the impact of this funding by setting clear personalised targets for each eligible child each term linked to their needs or experiences and these are monitored and then reviewed by key staff to amend and adapt in a timely fashion ensuring that progress is the key focus on each 'intervention'.
Each child has a provision map outlining their needs and targets which clearly states how their financial allocation is being spent that term in order for evaluation to take place to show true impact. This system does however tell us that we relentlessly try to provide what each child needs regardless of the amount of funding, as the £7.50 a week allocation sometimes does not stretch as far as the child needs.
Here at South Normanton Nursery School, we pride ourselves on the fact that we support all our children to meet their needs, regardless of their situation. We have many children who we know are 'on the cusp' of being eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium and even though school financial resources are strained, this group get the same monitoring and support out of normally available resources but also benefit from staff training or purchased resources or services along with their disadvantaged peers.
Our headteacher Stephanie is responsible for Early Years Pupil Premium and our assistant head Ruth, has the overview for the implementation of the interventions and along with Isi, our governor responsible for EYPP, no stone is left unturned and our commitment to diminishing the differnce between our disadvantaged children and their peers is strong. Our focus always remains on the child's needs and the staff, leaders and governors work tirelessly to ensure that through rigorous monitoring and reviewing, no time is wasted, interventions are purposeful and progress is rapid.
The impact of Early Years Pupil Premium is measured through:
Below, you will find our policy on Early Years Pupil Premium and an expenditure report of how we plan to spend it.
Please note: there can often be issues when checking whether a child is eligible or not and how much funding we receive can often only be found out at the 'end' of the term so discussions with parents are key to planning who is eligible and what they need.