Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

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

EYPP Guidance and Resources

The EYPP is additional funding for early years providers to improve the quality of education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds receiving the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE).

Eligible providers

All registered early years providers that take children for the FEEE – including private, voluntary and independent providers and childminders – will be able to claim the EYPP for eligible 3 and 4 year olds.

If a provider receives an inadequate rating from Ofsted then no new children will be funded, and a second inadequate Ofsted rating will mean that all funding is removed as soon as practical.

FEEE fact sheet for EYPP:

Parent resources for providers

The leaflet below will support providers in promoting the EYPP to parents:

Looked After Children

If the child is looked after, the EYPP payment will be automatically paid by the Local Authority.

The EYPP spend for the Leicestershire LAC children is included in the Personal Education Plan (PEP) document.

Transition to school and Pupil Premium

It is likely that EYPP children go on to be eligible for the Pupil Premium once they are in school, but it is not 100% definite. To ensure no child misses out on Pupil Premium early years providers should work with both feeder schools and parents to support take up.

Be aware that the funding works differently for the Early Years Pupil Premium (paid to early years providers) and the Pupil Premium (paid to schools) in how it is paid out, in relation to the eligibility criteria and in how eligibility is checked.

We have developed a leaflet for parents to raise awareness of the link between Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium in schools. It explains why it is important parents register their child for Free School Meals and give details on how they can check for eligibility. 

Guidance on how the leaflet should be used

  • Use the leaflet to instigate conversations with relevant families about the Pupil Premium in schools – decide between yourself and your feeder schools who will do this (ideally before the child starts school). 
  • We recommend that individual parents make the call themselves to the Free School Meals (FSM) team wherever possible (calls can be made before the child starts school – ie from May/June).
  • Early years providers/schools may support individuals to make the call to the FSM team should that be necessary. They can also call on behalf of a parent (with permission) but this should be in exceptional circumstances. If parents express a request for support be sure to have systems in place.
  • Leicestershire County Council expect pre-schools/schools to refer to and follow their own data protection policies in relation to sharing information for the purposes of the PP and FSM.
  • Pre-schools/schools should not send in completed leaflets to Leicestershire County Council – the leaflet contains a “notes section” and this should only be used as such, as a prompt for parents so they know what questions they are likely to be asked when they call the FSM team.