Early years pupil premium
What is early years pupil premium funding?
From April 2015, schools, nurseries, pre-schools and childminders who take three and four year olds on Early Education Funding will be able to apply for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding. This will help support their delivery of high quality early education.
Up to £300 a year can be claimed for each eligible child. The amount of funding available will depend on how many hours the child attends − your child doesn't need to take the full 15 hours a week which they are entitled to.
The funding is to help children whose parents' household income is less than £16,190 a year, or who claim certain benefits.
Schools, nurseries, pre-schools and childminders can decide how to use the funding to help three and four year olds learn and develop.
Could my child be eligible?
Any three or four year old who gets a free early years education place with a pre-school, nursery or childminder could be eligible if their parents get any of the following benefits:
- Income Support (opens in a new window) or Universal Credit (opens in a new window)
- income-based Jobseekers Allowance (opens in a new window)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (opens in a new window)
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (opens in a new window)
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit (opens in a new window)
- Child Tax Credit (opens in a new window) (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit (opens in a new window) run-on − paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
A child will also be eligible if they:
- are looked after by us
- have been adopted from care
- have left care through special guardianship; and
- are subject to a child arrangement order (residence order).
What happens now?
Please complete the form available from your child's early education provider and your eligibility will be checked.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)