Extra funding for the early years pupil premium


New government funding will be given to councils to help them prepare for the introduction of the early years pupil premium.

The early years pupil premium (EYPP), worth £50 million in 2015 to 2016, will be given to early years providers who are delivering the funding entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds. The funding equates to up to £300 extra per year for each disadvantaged child who meets the eligibility criteria.

The Department for Education is giving councils an additional £1.5 million to help them get ready. It means that each council with eligible children will receive £10,000 to support the introduction of the early years pupil premium - and they can choose how best to use the money.

Councils may choose to upgrade their IT systems to smooth the transition or use the funding to communicate with their local providers.

Schools Minister David Laws said: “Every child should be able to reach their full potential, no matter what their background. The extension of the pupil premium to early years will give toddlers from the poorest families the support they need to develop and learn at this important early stage. This additional funding will ensure providers have the resources to give all children the best possible start in life.”

From April, providers will be able to access the EYPP to help them support their most disadvantaged children. Children will qualify if they are 3 or 4 years old, are receiving government-funded early education, and their parents receive benefits used to access eligibility for free school meals.

Evidence shows that children from less advantaged backgrounds can start school 19 months behind their peers, but that good quality childcare can reduce this gap and have a significant benefit in terms of a child’s development.

Children who receive good-quality early years education go on to earn around £27,000 more during their career compared to those who don’t, and are also likely to do better at school - the equivalent of 7 GCSE grades at grade B compared to grade C.

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