Early Years Pupil Premium for eligible three and four year olds to be introduced from April 2015
Findings from the Sutton Trust show that there is a 19 month gap in attainment between the most and least advantaged children by the time they start school. Closing this gap and eradicating this inequality is fundamental to ensuring all children get the best start in life. The Government is therefore prioritising high quality early education because it can make a dramatic difference to children's life chances. Building on the successful model of the school age Pupil Premium, this additional investment to early years providers to help them raise the quality of their provision aims to close the gap between 3 and 4 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. This additional investment will come in the form of the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) and will provide additional financial support to schools, nurseries and childminders with eligible children.
What does this mean:
- Providers could claim up to an additional £302 per year per child, to support quality provision
- This money could be used for enhancing the environment and investment in staff
- It will be Ofsted's task to monitor the impact of the funding
- This will come into force on 1st April 2015
For further information and FAQ's please see the documents below: