What is the Early Years Pupil Premium  (EYPP)?
The EYPP was introduced by the government in April 2015. It is additional funding (roughly £300 per year per eligible child) for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. It is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers by improving the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of eligible children. More information about the EYPP is available at www.early-education.org.uk/eypp-basics

The Early Years Pupil Premium at St Edmund’s
We are committed to ensuring the highest possible standards for our children. Staff work with parents to ensure all families who are eligible for the EYPP receive the award.  For those children entitled to EYPP we identify the most appropriate way to meet the needs for each individual child. We spend our EYPP allocation following discussion between staff and parents/carers; we also take into account the key person’s knowledge of the child in the nursery and the child’s assessment data. We are flexible in our approach to respond to individual needs.


Identify the needs of eligible children

(who – parents/staff)

(what - parents & staff knowledge/observations/data*/outside agency info)

Identify any possible trends amongst the eligible children

(who – staff)
(what - staff knowledge/data)

Consider how the funding will be used (individual/pooled) and expected impact

(who – staff)
(what – observations/data)

Consult with parents

(who – staff/key person)

(what - parents & staff knowledge/observations/data/outside agency info)

Allocate funding; implement strategy/strategies

(who – staff)
(what – strategy/strategies)

Measure the impact

(who – staff)
(what – observations/data)

Evaluate – inform next cycle

* Data includes levels of well-being and involvement, characteristics of effective learning, developmental milestones across all areas of EYFS and developmental language screening.

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed by the Governors each Spring.

How much have we received?

Summer 19

Spring 19

Autumn 2018

27% or 41/153

Children are eligible


21.5% or 27/126

Children are eligible


19.6 %  or 20/102

Children are eligible



Early Years Pupil Premium Action Plans

Each child has an EYPP Action Plan.  The impact of the extra support is evaluated each term when staff complete children’s ‘my learning pictures’ and assess the children against age-related developmental milestones.  Staff build on this, planning the next intervention to ensure progress is sustained.


The main barriers to learning faced by children eligible for EYPP are:

  • Speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Self-regulation difficulties
  • Physical difficulties
  • Some children (due to provision taken) were missing some of the wider experiences offered within the nursery.

In order to address these barriers for eligible children the grant allocation was spent as follows:

  • To support self-regulation and physical skills - Football sessions.
  • To promote language skills - creative arts sessions with Lou Sumray, our artist in residence
  • To promote language skills and self-regulation - Music sessions with Judith
  • To promote language skills, physical skills and self-regulation - Forest School sessions
  • To promote language skills - parent and child story sessions with Amanda
  • To promote language skills and understanding the world-Real life learning experiences such as the 'Mobile Farm and Nocturnal Animals'.
  • Additional hours plus lunches
  • To promote language and literacy skills- Storyteller sessions.
  • Individual resources for children in relation to their needs, e.g.  Jabadao (movement), dialogic reading
  • Individual resources for children in relation to their interests, e.g. Woodwork
  • Supported places over and above the free entitlement

What impact has there been?

2018 Leavers

Of the children who received EYPP funding and left nursery in July 18, 94% or 16/17 children made Above Typical or Typical progress.Children in receipt of EYPP funding achieved best in PSED (86% or 15/17 ch Typical or Above fr their age) and Physical Development (82% or 14/17 ch Typical or Above for their age) This is due to Football sessions and additional Outdoor Learning. In Communication and Language this group of learners achieved broadly in line with the whole cohort, despite much lower starting points (71% or 12/17 ch Typical or Above). This is due to the range of additional experiences designed to support language skills.

2017 Leavers

Children eligible for EYPP who left in July 2017 attained broadly in-line with the cohort, with more than 75% attaining in-line with their age across all prime areas of learning. 96% made at least typical progress, with many making above typical progress during their time in the Nursery.

A review of our Early Years Pupil Premium strategy will be undertaken by the Governors in the summer term each year.


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