December 16, 2021


This page was written following our Community of practice about transitions. We had a lot of sharing and questioning about this and so we thought we would share it here. Transitions are inevitable Transitions are an inevitable part in every child’s journey. Many papers, articles and books have been written on the subject, some of which […]

Making effective use of Early Years Pupil Premium

About the project Early Education received funding from the Department for Education under its 2015-16 Voluntary and Community Sector grants programme, for a project to support and evaluate strategies for implementing the Early Years Pupil Premium.  This project has now finished. Our aim was to find out how to help the early years sector make the […]

EYPP: the basics

Allocated funding Government sets the rate of Early Years Pupil Premium as part of the allocation of early years funding annually. How EYPP works Children who are 3 and 4 and who meet the eligibility criteria are funded at a rate of 53p an hour which equates to £302.10 per year (up until 2021-22, and from 2022-23 this […]

How to spend your EYPP

There are a range of sources that can help you to refine your decision making processes in regard to EYPP.  This list is not exhaustive. The Early Education Foundation Early Years Toolkit provides an evidence-based assessment of the cost-effectiveness and potential impact of interventions, and the strength of current evidence to support these.  It is […]

Framing your thinking for spending your EYPP funding

It is important to be able to justify the choices you make as to how you spend the EYPP money.  The focus needs to be on “closing the gap” and for this cohort of children to be making more rapid progress if there is an identified risk of delay or delay in their development. Remember […]

Ideas for using EYPP funding

Here are some ideas of how you might spend the EYPP funding.  It is important to think about which option(s) are most relevant for your children and your setting.  EYPP needs to be spent to meet the individual needs of your children, their families and your setting.  You will need to refine the justification so […]

Learning from schools’ pupil premium

Schools have been receiving Pupil Premium since 2011 and there is much material available to us to learn from.  There are reviews on the Ofsted and DfE websites.  Schools display their spending plans on their websites.  There have also been Pupil Premium awards. These materials can help guide our thinking but we don’t have to […]

Including families in your decision making

It is important to include families in helping to shape your decisions in relation to developments you want to make.  Families know their circumstances best and what types of support will work best for them.  Families are the child’s first and most enduring educator, this makes their input vital. Benefits Strategies are more likely to […]

Working in partnership

The small amount of the EYPP funding per child means that partnership working will be a key way to making your funding go further.  Especially if you have few eligible children, working with others will allow you for example to jointly commission bespoke training to meet your continuous professional development needs.  High quality training has […]

Early years principles into practice

In most cases, sound early years principles and practices are already in place in settings.  The EYPP funding allows settings to review and refine what these principles mean to them.  It may be useful to consider your understanding of what these principles are through discussions, professional reading and observation of your practice. What does sound […]