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Early years pupil premium

In order for a child to be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium, they must be accessing three and four year old free entitlement hours as well as meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (income-based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit - providing you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your family's annual income (as assessed by HMRC) is not more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • The child has been looked after by the Local Authority for at least one day
  • The child has been adopted from care, is the subject to a special guardianship order, or are subject to a child arrangement order setting out whom the child is to live with

If a parent believes that they meet one or more of the criteria they complete the new optional section on the parent declaration form.
A copy of this form is returned with the headcount paperwork to enable us to carry out the eligibility check whilst the headcount information is being input. 

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Eligibility checks will be carried out at the following points:

  • Child turns three or four on or before 31 March, check carried out in May;
  • Child turns three or four on or before 31 August, check carried out in September;
  • Child turns three or four on or before 31 December, check carried out in January.

A child could potentially have two eligibility checks during their time accessing free entitlement funding for three and four year olds; once after the third birthday and then again after the fourth birthday.

Once Early Years Pupil Premium funding has been approved, it will not be removed unless the second eligibility check confirms that the family no longer meets any of the criteria. If funding has to be removed following the second eligibility check, we will inform early years providers of these children.

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If a family situation changes at any point up to the dates below in 2017/18 and eligibility criteria are met, the Early Years Pupil Premium funding will be backdated to the start of the funding period.

  • Summer 2017 – by Friday 26 May 2017
  • Autumn 2017 – by Friday 18 October 2017
  • Spring 2018 – by Friday 9 February 2018

If a family situation changes at any point after these dates and eligibility criteria is met, Early Years Pupil Premium funding will start at the beginning of the next funding period.

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Providers will receive a document listing all children who are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium at the same time they receive their Statement of Grant.

Early Years Pupil Premium funding will be calculated per funding period and paid as a lump sum at the end of each funding period in July, December and March.

A final document detailing eligible children will be sent to providers along with the revised Annual Funding Estimate at the end of each funding period in July, December and March. Your Annual Funding Estimate will now detail your Early Years Pupil Premium payments in the supplementary allowances section as well as in the payment breakdown.

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Providers must use the money in ways they think will support the child’s learning and development. This should be informed by their understanding of the child’s needs and preferences.

Ofsted inspections will report on whether providers spend their EYPP funding effectively, so keeping a record of how the money is spent and the impact it's making is essential.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017 | Last reviewed: 18 August 2017