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Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium

From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s development, learning and care. All children aged three and four (not two year olds), who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. This funding is paid directly to us on an hourly rate basis, linked to claimed hours for entitled children. The annual value for a 15 hour place over a full year is just over £300.  In order to be able to claim this funding we require parents to sign the funding agreement which asks for details of parent’s date of birth and National Insurance number.

 

Which three-and four-year-olds will be eligible for the EYPP? 

A child will be eligible for the EYPP if they:

 Are in a low-income family and their parents are in receipt of benefits (one or more), for example, Child Tax Credit and Income Support;

  1. Have been adopted from care;
  2. Have left care through special guardianship;
  3. Have been looked after by the local authority for at least the span of one day;
  4. Are subject to a child arrangement order.

National data and research tells us that children eligible for free school meals or those who have an unsettling start to life 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 is designed to provide us with extra funding to close this gap.

 

As an Early Years setting we have the freedom to choose how we spend the money to best support the children entitled to this additional funding. We believe that by assessing the needs of individual children considering both their strengths and areas for development we can plan provision and experiences that will enable them to meet their next steps in learning. Therefore EYPP will be bespoke to each child and will be recorded in the child’s ‘learning passport’.  

We are currently using the additional funding in the following ways:

  • Provision of Lunch Club sessions – to develop the child’s self-confidence and social skills.
  • Nurture Group attendance – to develop the child’s self-confidence and self-esteem and aid parents in supporting their child’s learning in the home.
  • Communication interventions e.g. planned book sharing, planned individual ‘talk time’ – to develop the child’s communication and language skills and early literacy skills.
  • Creativity interventions e.g. planned support with specific activities – to develop the child’s creativity and self-expression skills and participate in a wider range of activities.
  • Additional sessions – to ensure the child has a consistent and secure routine and alleviate family stress. / support for the family.
  • Chatterpacks – to develop the child’s speaking, listening and early reading skills in the home environment. Support parents in understanding how to best support children’s pre-literacy skills.
  • Messy play resources – to support the child’s learning in the home environment.
  • Parenting /family support – to support parents with specific strategies to aid their child’s personal, social and emotional development.
  • Transition support – to help children settle happily into their next school.
  • Miscellaneous – e.g. funding for theatre trips to ensure equality of opportunity for all children.

 

Measuring the impact of the EYPP

 We are continually assessing and evaluating the children’s learning through interactions and observations during play. The children’s learning stories and learning journeys therefore contribute to reviewing the impact of the EYPP. We also record the children’s attainment relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage development matters each term and analyse this data for all children and groups of children including the children eligible for the EYPP.  Other ways we measure and monitor the impact of the EYPP include:

  • Informal conversations at the start or end of a day;
  • Parent feedback in learning stories and learning journeys;
  • Parent feedback forms on children’s progress;
  • Formal parent chats;
  • Achievement of individual targets;
  • Conversations with other professionals (if applicable) working with individual children eligible for the EYPP;
  • Every Child a Talker (ECAT) data (in depth speech, language and communication assessment tool);
  • Parent questionnaires;
  • Nurture group evaluations.

 

EYPP Allocation 2015 – 2016

N.B. Please note snapshot data taken on 17.7.17  

 

Cookham Nursery School

Maidenhead Nursery School

The Lawns Nursery School

Number of 3 – 4 year olds on roll

59

76

131

Number of children eligible for EYPP

2

11

4

Funding allocation received (from September 2017)

£780

£2266

£1916

 

Summary impact thus far:

  • Progress from baselines for children eligible for EYPP is good or better
  • Gaps in attainment between all children and children eligible for the EYPP are closing or have closed.

 

Pupil Premium Attainment Summary September 2016- July 2017

(Foundation Stage 1 children only)

 

Cookham Nursery School

Maidenhead Nursery School

The Lawns Nursery School

 

2 children: 1 child = 50%

8 children: 1 child = 12.5%

4 children: 1 child = 25%

 

Below *ARE

At ARE

Above ARE

Below ARE

At ARE

Above ARE

Below ARE

At ARE

Above ARE

Relationships

0

0

100

12.5

12.5

75

0

25

75

Confidence

0

0

100

0

12.5

87.5

0

25

75

Behaviour

0

50

50

12.5

12.5

75

0

50

50

Moving & handling

0

0

100

12.5

25

62.5

0

50

50

Self-care

0

0

100

0

12.5

87.5

0

0

100

Attention & listening

0

0

100

12.5

0

87.5

0

50

50

Understanding

0

0

100

12.5

0

87.5

0

25

75

Speaking

0

0

100

12.5

0

87.5

0

50

50

Reading

0

0

100

12.5

37.5

50

0

100

0

Writing

0

50

50

12.5

37.5

50

0

75

25

Numbers

0

0

100

12.5

37.5

50

0

75

50

Shape, space & measure

0

0

100

12.5

25

62.5

0

50

50

Communities

0

0

100

12.5

12.5

75

0

50

50

The World

0

0

100

12.5

12.5

75

0

50

50

Technology

0

0

100

12.5

25

62.5

0

25

75

Media

0

0

100

12.5

12..5

75

0

0

100

Imagination

0

0

100

12.5

12.5

75

0

50

50

*ARE = Age Related Expectations

For further information including full eligibility criteria click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-pupil-premium-guide-for-local-authorities