Early years pupil premium (EYPP)
The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding which goes directly to early years settings and childminders to improve the education they provide for three and four year olds.
Three and four year olds taking up nursery education funding (NEF) and meeting at least one of the following criteria below may be eligible for EYPP funding if their family receives one of the following:
- 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 the 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 that £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run on, which is paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- The child has been in local authority care for one day or more
- The child has been adopted from care in England and Wales
- The child has left care under a special guardianship order (previously known as a residence order)
Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP. Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn three. Please note that four year olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.
Identifying eligible children
Early years providers are ultimately responsible for identifying eligible children and this can be done through talking to parents and/or getting all parents to complete an EYPP applications form to find out who is eligible for EYPP funding. In particular, providers should speak to the parents of children who took up the early education entitlement for two year olds, as most of these children will attract EYPP when they turn three.