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Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is allocated to the school for 3 and 4-year-old children accessing the free 15 hour entitlement, if their families receive certain benefits including income support, working Tax Credit and Universal credit.  It is also paid for any children who are, or have been “looked after” by the local authority.

The EYPP is funded at 53p per hour (around £300 per year). Eligibility is checked each term.

The aim of the funding is to “narrow the gap” in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and to ensure that all children achieve their full potential.

EYPP strategy at Childhaven Nursery School

The EYPP is used to enhance our staffing above the statutory ratio of 1:13.

This enables us to make “differentiated” provision to meet each child’s individual needs.  Some children benefit from additional support with language and communication, developing confidence in forming relationships with other children or with physical skills.  Some may benefit from additional challenge to build on strengths and enable them to achieve even more.

The EYPP funding also contributes to the additional provision we make to extend children’s experiences, e.g.  to fund music sessions with Kathy Seabrook, and to take children on visits in the local community.


13 children were eligible in the autumn term.

12 children were eligible in the spring term.

17 children were eligible in the summer term.

Total EYPP funding for the academic year was £4,309.


Each term all children are assessed against the “Ages and Stages” in the Early Years Foundations stage,  and this information is then analysed to show any differences between children eligible for the EYPP and their peers.  This showed that a higher percentage of children eligible for the EYPP were below “expected “ levels  than the group not eligible for the EYPP.

All children made progress in all areas of learning. The most striking impact was in” language and communication”. In the autumn term 50% of children with the EYPP were below expected levels for listening  and  attention, and 70% were below in speaking. (In comparison with 34% for listening and attention and 50% for speaking in the non-eligible group).  By the summer term, of the group leaving for primary schools, 20% (2 children) of the EYPP were judged “below” , including a child with special educational needs. This compared with 18% (8 children) from the non-eligible group.

The “gap” of 20% in the autumn term had narrowed to 2% by the summer term.


The data for all areas of learning was analysed and reviewed. There is a continued focus on language and communication and social and emotional well-being, and an additional focus on mathematical learning,  We have also been able to continue to “track” the progress of the group of children who transferred to the local primary school, so that we can evaluate the lasting impact of our strategy.

13 eligible children in the autumn term.

14 eligible children in the spring term.      


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