The Early Years Pupil Premium for eligible three and four year olds was introduced on 1st April 2015.

Findings from the Sutton Trust show that there is a 19 month gap in attainment between the most and least advantaged children by the time they start school. Closing this gap and eradicating this inequality is fundamental to ensuring all children get the best start in life. The Government is therefore prioritizing high quality early education because it can make a dramatic difference to children's life chances. Building on the successful model of the school age Pupil Premium, this additional investment to early years providers to help them raise the quality of their provision aims to close the gap between 3 and 4 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. This additional investment will come in the form of the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and will provide additional financial support to schools, nurseries and childminders with eligible children.

What does this mean for Nottingham City?

  • Providers could claim an additional 53p per hour per eligible child, for up to 15 hours per week, up to 38 weeks a year (up to an additional £302 per year) to support quality provision
  • This money could be used for enhancing the environment and investment in staff (see the suite of documents for more information)
  • It will be Ofsted's task to monitor the impact of the funding
  • This came into force on 1st April 2015

It is expected that further national guidance will be issued as the outcomes from the seven Local Authority trial areas become known and the EYPP is embedded. In addition to this, Nottingham City have produced the attached suite of documents to support with implementing the EYPP in the City; this includes a Frequently Asked Questions document, process flowchart, Parent Agreement Form, promotional poster and national links to toolkits and case studies.

Please note that the guidance on this page is aimed specifically at registered early years providers in the private, voluntary, community and independent sector in the City. All queries relating to the EYPP in schools should be directed to the Pupil Benefits Team in the first instance.