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Early Years Pupil Premium

What is Early Years Pupil Premium?

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years providers to improve outcomes for children by providing them with enhanced learning and development support. This means that for children from low income families accessing the Free Early Education Entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds, providers are entitled to receive an additional 53p for every universal hour claimed. Providers should work in partnership with parents to carefully consider the learning and development needs of the child.

In order to benefit from this additional funding, we would encourage providers to check with parents accessing the Free Early Education Entitlement, whether they are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, that are used to determine eligibility for free school meals. It is important to stress to parents that no other parents will know they have been assessed and it will not affect any other benefits they may be claiming as this is purely additional funding for providers to support children.

  • 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 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

If the parent confirms they are eligible for one or more of the benefits, they will need to complete the below details on the Parental Declaration Form. These details will then be entered on the 'Carer Details' tab of the child record on the Provider Portal at headcount. See the  Provider Portal handbook. Any approved funding for EYPP will be added to the headcount payment for the term and the amount can be viewed in the Payment Report issued to you once payment has been made. EYPP is only paid out on the universal hours claimed.

  • Parent's forename and surname
  • Parent's date of birth
  • National insurance number of qualifying parent, or
  • Asylum seeker reference number of qualifying parent

Providers can use the funding in a variety of ways, including:

  • Training, including cover staff
  • Increasing adult ratios
  • Specific intervention programmes such as small group activities
  • High quality activities such as developing language
  • Supporting additional needs or EAL
  • Targeted resources
  • Summer schemes


The main accountability mechanism for the use of the EYPP will be through Ofsted inspection. Ofsted will update their inspection frameworks to set out that effective use and impact of the EYPP will be assessed under the leadership and management judgement. Ofsted will want to see evidence that a provider has considered how best to invest EYPP funding, how they expect to determine if the money improves a child's outcomes over the short and/or long term and any evidence available on impact already achieved.

EYPP funding for LAC Children

Request for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding for LAC children please refer to the guidance below.

For further details on Early Years Pupil Premium please refer to the below resources.