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Early Years Pupil Premium for 3 & 4 year olds

Early Years Foundation Stage

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. It applies to children in a Free Early Education place from April 2015.

There was a conference held in December 2015 where an Effective EYPP Intervention Toolkit was presented to providers in Waltham Forest. Logged-in users can download below the presentations that make up this toolkit (there are 10 documents in all).

Providers' responsibilities

Early years providers i.e. any organisation that offers education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders, are responsible for:

  • identifying which of the children in their care may be eligible for the EYPP
  • passing that information on to the local authority.

We would suggest that FEEE providers request, as part of their admissions process, that all parents carry out an EYPP eligibility check using the website prior to the child taking up their FEEE place. By implementing a universal requirement to carry out an EYPP eligibility check as part of the admissions process parents/carers are not stigmatised and you can be sure that your setting will not miss out on any extra funding. Read the full briefing note for providers from the Childcare Team at Waltham Forest Council.

Should you have any further queries on administering the EYPP the DfE has produced a useful question and answer sheet.

Eligibility criteria

3- and 4-year-olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding if they meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • their family gets 1 of the following:
    - Income Support
    - income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    - income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    - support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    - the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
    - Child Tax Credit (provided they're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
    - Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    - Universal Credit
  • they have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales
  • they have been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • they have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales

Children become eligible for the EYPP at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3. If the child's birth is between 1 January to 31 March, they can claim the EYPP from the beginning of term on or after 1 April. If the child's birth is between 1 April to 31 August, they can claim the EYPP from the beginning of term on or after 1 September. If the child's birth is between 1 September to 31 December, they can claim the EYPP from the beginning of term on or after 1 January.

4-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

If the parents/carers of a 3- and 4-year-old in state-funded early education believe they are eligible for the EYPP because they claim one of the benefits listed above, then they should confirm this using Waltham Forest's online eligibility checker (My Early Learning). We encourage all FEEE providers to assist parents in going through the checker. It is the same online checker as for checking eligibility for the 2-year-old FEEE. A user guide can be found on that page. A unique reference number with a prefix of AF will be generated, which parents and providers should keep a record of.

For those who are eligible under one of the non-income based criteria e.g. adopted child, parents/providers can contact the Childcare Team and be provided with a manually generated code.

EYPP Funding

The EYPP will be £0.53 per hour taken up by an eligible child. The EYPP is child-specific and will be paid in arrears for eligible children as part of the termly reconciliation, in addition to the EYSFF hourly rate for eligible pupils included in headcount returns.

Providers will need to include the unique reference number generated from My Early Learning (or provided by the Childcare Team) on their 3 and 4 year old headcount returns, in order to claim the EYPP for each eligible child.

How to spend your EYPP

Please visit the Early Education website to see:


For any queries relating to FEEE funding, claiming the EY Pupil Premium and submitting headcounts, please contact either of the following:

Marc Girouard, Principal FEEE Finance Officer
020 8496 3565/07808 653 976

Vira Yurchenko, FEEE Finance Officer
020 8496 3565

For further support/information on monitoring and measuring the impact of the EYPP please contact:

Elisha Brett, Early Years Consultant
07773 046 322

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Wednesday, 19 April, 2017
Last updated: 19 April 2017 by Barry Fong