Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
Early Years Pupil Premium at Eastwood 2017
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4-year-olds.
The allocation for the year 2017/2018 is £6344
As an Early Years setting we have the freedom to choose how we spend the money to best support disadvantaged children in our care. Eastwood Nursery School Centre for Children & Families will use the additional funding in the following ways in 2017/18:
- Commission regular specialist speech and language support from a private, Senior Consultant Speech and Language Therapist to support individual children with parental consent and support class-based staff in developing programmes to boost children’s communication. This support will run throughout the year and help ensure children will be ready for school.
- Buy in some enriching first hand experiences that in particular will support disadvantaged but able children- for example the staffing needed for trips out in the local area such as the theatre.
- Enable our Family Workers to provide the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Course at least twice in the year- thereby helping parents to be confident in their parenting skills and improve the home learning environment.
In 2016/17 we used EYPP to buy in additional support for children through a dance and movement therapist and a consultant speech therapist. As a result the progress made by the children attracting EYPP was greater than for all the children in Physical Development, Communication and language and in Literacy. In particular the percentage of children making good rates of progress in all three prime areas was the same as for all the children.
The aim of the Early Years Pupil Premium is to close the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and other children by providing additional funding to settings such as ours, therefore providing the opportunity to raise the quality of provision we offer.
All children aged three and four (not two year olds), who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding and in general all children will benefit- services provided will not necessarily be restricted to just those children attracting the EYPP.
The premium came into force in April 2015. We are required to publish details of:
- Our pupil premium allocation for the current academic year.
- Details of how we intend to spend our allocation.
- Details of how we spent our previous academic year’s allocation (when applicable).
- The difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils the funding has made.
We do not publish any information that could be used to identify individual pupils.
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;
- Have been adopted from care;
- Have left care through special guardianship;
- Have been looked after by the local authority for at least the span of one day;
- Are subject to a child arrangement order.
Measuring the impact of the EYPP
We are continually reviewing the data we collect on children’s attainment and refreshing our strategies to support children who are falling behind or in danger of doing so. The practical ideas that are implemented on a daily basis are only a few of the strategies used and their success can be monitored through the data. However, there are other ways that we measure and monitor the impact we have on families. These are:
- Reports from consultant speech therapist on the impact of their work on improving communication and language in targeted children
- Reports from consultant dance and movement therapist on the impact of the work on improving self-esteem, behaviour and PSE development
- Monitoring of children’s progress, in particular through regular children’s progress meetings and by reviewing the progress made over time by children who attract the EYPP
- Where children have clear additional needs- for example Looked After Children- work with a Team Around the Child to review progress and next steps.