Early Years Pupil Premium
click to download EYPP poster to display in your settingWhat is Early Years Pupil Premium?

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years providers to improve outcomes for children by providing them with enhanced learning and development support. This means that for children from low income families accessing the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE), providers are entitled to receive additional funding of up to £300 per year. Providers should work in partnership with parents to carefully consider the learning and development needs of the child.

In order to benefit from this additional funding, we would encourage providers to check with parents accessing the FEEE whether they are on any of the benefits listed below, that are used to determine eligibility for free school meals. It is important to stress to parents that no other parents will know they have been assessed and it will not affect any other benefits they may be claiming as this is purely additional funding for providers to support children receiving the FEEE. You may use this template letter to notify parents about the EYPP.

  • 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

If the parent confirms they are eligible for one or more of the benefits, they will need to enter the following details in the EYPP Parent Details Form for Providers. These details will then be entered on the 'Carer Details' tab of the child record on the Provider Portal at headcount. See the Provider Portal - Headcount and EYPP User Guide. Any approved funding for EYPP will be added to the headcount payment for the term and the amount can be viewed in the Payment Report issued to you once payment has been made.

  • Parent's forename and surname
  • Parent's date of birth
  • National insurance number of qualifying parent, or
  • Asylum seeker reference number of qualifying parent

Providers can use the funding in a variety of ways, including:

  • Training, including cover staff
  • Increasing adult ratios
  • Specific intervention programmes such as small group activities
  • High quality activities such as developing language
  • Supporting additional needs or EAL
  • Targeted resources
  • Summer schemes


The main accountability mechanism for the use of the EYPP will be through Ofsted inspection. Ofsted will update their inspection frameworks to set out that effective use and impact of the EYPP will be assessed under the leadership and management judgement. Ofsted will want to see evidence that a provider has considered how best to invest EYPP funding, how they expect to determine if the money improves a child's outcomes over the short and/or long term and any evidence available on impact already achieved.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

If you provide FEEE places for any 3 or 4-year-olds who receive disability living allowance (DLA), your setting is eligible to receive disability access funding, which is £615 per child. This is a one off payment paid to a provider on an annual basis (one payment per financial year).  Payments can be made from the start of the 2017/18 financial year (April 2017). The payment can only be made to one provider and cannot be split so where a child received provision at more than one provider the parent will need to decide which setting will receive the DAF payment.  

The process for qualification is as follows:

  • Parents of children qualifying for Disability Living Allowance will be required to provide you with evidence of this entitlement. You will need to take copy of any documentation that is provided to prove this.
  • The provider is required to submit an application via the Disability Access Fund process in the Provider Portal. Copies of the evidence and the parent agreement form will be required.
  • A spot payment will then be made to that provider for their annual payment.
  • The parent will be required to provide evidence on an annual basis – payment in any further financial years will not be automatic. The process will need to be followed every financial year that the child qualifies for additional payment.

Any questions should be directed to earlyyearsdata@essex.gov.uk in the first instance. More information on DAF is also available on hmrc.gov.uk.

Children in Care

Children in care in the early years phase also attract the EYPP

The government has set an amount of £300 per child in care aged 3 years and one term, to meet additional needs from the day they enter care. Providers receive a proportion of the Pupil Premium for each child in care based on the hours they accessed.

PLEASE NOTE: Early Years Pupil Premium for children in care is not collected via headcount. The setting will be sent a letter from the Virtual School and asked to complete a Personal Education Plan.

So what do you need to do if you have a child in care aged 3 years and over in your setting?

If you have an Essex child in care in your setting, the virtual school will contact you on a termly basis asking you to complete an Early Years Education Plan part 1 (EY PEP1).  This form must be completed termly and returned to the virtual school in order for the EYPP to be paid to your setting.

If you know you have a child in care in your setting and haven't received a letter from the virtual school, please contact virtual.school@essex.gov.uk

Children Adopted from Care

Providers may also claim EYPP for children that come under the heading of 'Adopted from Care'

This category covers children who at some point were in the care of a local authority but subsequently left care because they were the subject of one of the following:

  • An Adoption Order
  • A Special Guardianship Order
  • A Residence Order/Child Arrangement Order

In order to claim this supplement parents of adopted children will be required to provide you with evidence. 

  • You will need to take copies of any documentation that is provided to prove this
  • The provider is required to email earlyyearsdata@essex.gov.uk with a copy of the evidence and details of the child.

Please refer to the note below.

PLEASE NOTE: It is up to the child's parent/guardian/carer to decide if they wish to self-declare that their child is the subject of one of the above orders. If they wish to self-declare they will need to provide you with supporting evidence, for example a copy of the relevant court order. Parents may conceal sensitive information (for example, the names of the birth parents) if they wish.


Our Business Management team is able to offer support, guidance and signposting with EYPP - find contact details here

From DfE

The DfE have published the findings from a survey of early years providers about their awareness and usage of the early years pupil premium (EYPP): gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-pupil-premium-providers-survey 

Training Opportunities
  • Supporting children learning English as an additional language
  • Observation, assessment and planning including tracking progress 

For more details and dates for the above training, please visit our dedicated training section.

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