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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Guidelines and resources on eligibility, administration of the funding and promoting the funding to parents.

Implementing EYPP successfully

Providing this additional funding in the early years has the potential to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds the best start in life and narrow the attainment gap. What will make a difference to young children’s lives? The following information and resources will support leaders and managers in making the best choices to make the biggest difference.

It is not the Government but Ofsted that will hold providers to account for how the EYPP has been used to support disadvantaged children. This will be done through the regular inspection process. It will be Ofsted's task to monitor the impact of funding. Ther effective use and impact of the EYPP will be assessed under the Ofsted inspection leadership and management judgement.

Evidence and research

How the EYPP is spent will determine whether it makes a difference

The aim of the EYPP is to raise attainment among disadvantaged children. It provides additional funding to early years providers for disadvantaged children to ensure they benefit from the same educational opportunities as children from wealthier families. If the EYPP is to succeed in achieving its ambitious aims, the choices that early years providers make in spending the funding are of vital importance. Providers need to adopt an evidence based approach.

It is clear that different ways of spending the funding can have very different impacts on children’s attainment and even when a decision to implement a particular strategy has been made there are a wide variety of factors which will determine its impact.

Educational research can help early year’s providers to get the maximum ‘value for money’ both in terms of making an initial choice between different strategies and also in implementing a strategy effectively.

The following links aim to support early year’s providers in spending the EYPP to ensure maximum impact. As yet a lot of the evidence/research available relates to school age children, so consider which of this is transferable to the early years.

Early Years Pupil Premium guide for managers    Opens new window

Early Years Pupil Premium Toolkit:

The Education Endowment Foundation has published a toolkit for providers to gain the maximum benefits from the Early Years Pupil Premium. The toolkit aims to capture the maximum possible benefit from the Premium by focusing efforts where it will make the most difference.

Action planning

Providers will need to be able to evidence to Ofsted inspectors during inspection how they are spending the EYPP funding and what impact it is having; developing an action plan/action plans will support providers in doing this.

Top Tips for action planning

A flowchart to support effective action planning is available and an action planning grid template has been produced so that you can amend and adapt it to suit your needs. Columns/rows/headings are all flexible – to help you decide on the layout of your action plan.

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Updated Action Plan template (April 2018)    Opens new window

Common intervention themes and different ways of spending the EYPP    Opens new window

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Example action plans

The following example action plans are not perfect examples and are intended as a supportive guide when completing the action plan format.

Each example has an accompanying commentary on why the funding was allocated how it was.

Effective interventions

The following national and local case studies aim to identify and share good practice in spending the EYPP. These together with links to useful websites, articles and information aim to support early year’s providers in making the best spending choices possible and implementing strategies effectively.

Early Years Pupil Premium Case Studies

4Children, in their strategic role for early years and childcare through The Children’s Partnership were asked by the Department for Education to launch a call for evidence on the Early Years Pupil Premium, seeking for providers to identify and share good practice around meeting the needs of disadvantaged children and improving outcomes. This call for evidence resulted in a number of case studies and examples.

Early Education EYPP Project: Learning together about learning

A DfE funded project to support the introduction of the EYPP. Visit the Learning Together About Learning Project Website for hints, tips and useful resources to support practitioners.

A free booklet is also available which contains lots of useful information to support providers in allocating EYPP funding.

Practical tips on allocating Early Years Pupil Premium Funding    Opens new window

Spending Choices

Here are some ways in which Leicestershire settings have chosen to spend their EYPP funding:

Leicestershire settings EYPP spending    Opens new window

Raising Achievement - Making the best spending choices

The following EYPP Market Place Event presentation will support providers in deciding how to spend the EYPP.

Raising Achievement- making the best spending choices    Opens new window

Possible ideas for spending the EYPP funding include:

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Physical Development

HLE - Resources to use with parents

Gypsy, Roma, Travelers

Supporting children with EAL

Forest Schools and the EYPP

The REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) Project and the EYPP

Poster: ideas on making best choices to make a difference

Supporting Communication and Language Development - Case Studies

These case studies have been developed to demonstrate just some of the ways early years providers might use children’s Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) entitlement to support Communication and Language Development. Both case studies include the use of a ‘Child Monitoring Tool’ and a ‘Child Monitoring Tool Action Plan’, available on the ECAT pages, to support the process of: assess, plan, do, review (also used as part of the Graduated Approach).

Matilda and the Chatterbox

Jake and the Story Sack

The Child Monitoring Tool (CMT) and CMT Action Plan especially will support practitioners and leaders and managers, to easily share information with Ofsted (who will be holding providers accountable for the use of EYPP) regarding what support has been implemented for individual children and how it has helped them make progress from their ‘starting point’.

Partnership working with parents and agencies can be supported using these documents. Both case studies also refer to well-established strategies available via the ECAT section of our website and the Early Intervention toolkit.

Supporting Children in Care

All children who are currently in care and attend your setting are eligible to receive the Early Years Pupil Premium.

Supporting children in care

Support for allocating EYPP when children are meeting learning and development age related expectations:

EYPP if all is going well

Tracking progress

The DfE are clear that providers will be expected to evidence outcomes as a result of the funding allocated and this will be assessed as part of the OfSTED inspection. Providers will need to track the progress of individual children so that impact can be monitored, evaluated and clearly demonstrated.

OfSTED are clear that monitoring the EYPP will form part of their existing inspection framework. The following links will help you achieve this.

Progress from the Start - includes the Early Assessment Review (EAR), Individual and Cohort Progress trackers, Progress Summaries, Child Monitoring Tool.

Transition Progress Summary example and guidance for a child receiving EYPP

Tracking progress guidance notes

Tracking progress example

Evidencing impact

You need to be able to provide an inspector with a clear trail of evidence consisting of the following:

  • Eligible children’s starting points
  • Children’s learning and development needs
  • Funding allocated to each child
  • How the funding was spent and why
  • What you did to support the child
  • Any changes you made to the actions you planned
  • What impact the funding has had on the child’s learning and development

Consider if you are ready to have a conversation with the Ofsted inspector around the above points. The following tips and the questions that Ofsted might ask below may help you:

Top Tips for evidencing impact

Questions that Ofsted might ask

  • Who are your EYPP children?
  • What are they like as a group/cohort?
  • What kind of support do they need?
  • What is preventing them from achieving as well as their peers?
  • What funding did you receive for them?
  • Tell me how you spent the funding? Why?
  • How do you know this was the most effective way of supporting the child/family?
  • Tell me about their starting points and how you found out this information?
  • Tell me how you monitor the progress of your EYPP children?
  • What was/has been the IMPACT of the interventions you put in place?
  • How is the quality/effectiveness of the interventions monitored?
  • Have you made any changes to planned interventions? Why?
  • What was successful?
  • What was less successful?
  • What might you do differently next time/in the future?
  • What improvements do you have planned? What are you going to do first?
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