From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.
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. The Early Years Pupil Premium provides us with extra funding to close this gap.
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. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.
For us to claim the funding we need to show that a child’s parent or carer receives one or more of the following benefits:
- 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
Or if your child has been looked after by the local authority for at least one day, adopted from care, left care through special guardianship or subject to a child arrangement order.
How can you help?
If you receive one of the benefits listed, we will be able to access this Early Years Pupil Premium for your child. We will need to make a note of your:
- National Insurance Number
- Date of Birth
Please talk to a member of staff who will provide you with a simple form and help you to fill it in if necessary.
How much have we received?
Summer term 2015: £2,385
Autumn term 2015: £2,671
Spring term 2016: £2,576
How do we use the extra money?
The extra funding that we receive from Early Years Pupil Premium is spent on providing additional activities including our Forest School, a Community Artist and singing and movement sessions for parents and children.
The extra money from Early Years Pupil Premium will enable all this to happen and for those eligible children have a recognisable impact to their learning, progress and achievement both now and in the future.