Early years pupil premium information for childcare providers

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding from April 2015 for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds.

National data and research identifies that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example, 45% of children in 2014 eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The early years pupil premium will provide extra funding to close this gap.

The extra funding must be used to improve the quality of early years education. This could include additional training for staff or supporting staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language. The funding for several children could also be combined to further support their learning and development within your setting.


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 receives 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

How to claim

Early years providers should identify potentially eligible children and have a key role in discussing the entitlement with parents.

To access the Free Early Education Entitlement, parents are required to complete a parental declaration form.

Parental declaration 3 - 4 year olds (PDF, 234KB)

All parents should be encouraged to complete the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) registration form. The information provided on this form should be submitted online to Cheshire East Council where you consider that the eligibility criteria have been met. It is not necessary to submit the information online for parents who know they are not eligible.

Childcare providers are responsible for submitting applications for  EYPP funding via the provider portal. Information provided by the parent in section A should be added when entering or updating a child's details.

Provider portal

The information should be submitted online when the child starts claiming their free entitlement and again in the following September. The second check is to establish if the child’s circumstances have changed and they have stopped being eligible as a result.

Eligibility checks

Cheshire East Council will check the eligibility of children submitted online by providers.

Provider portal

The information should be submitted online when the child starts claiming their free entitlement and again in the following September. The second check is to establish if the child’s circumstances have changed and they have stopped being eligible as a result. Parents should only be required to complete the data on Part A on enrolment. It should not be necessary for parents to complete a new form A each time eligibility is checked – providers should retain the forms for resubmission.

Eligible parents will be notified and required to pass the confirmation letter to their childcare provider.

Funding for EYPP

All eligible early years providers will receive the national rate of 53p per hour per eligible child. This means that in the financial year 2017 to 2018, providers will receive up to a maximum of £302.10 for each eligible child who takes up the full 570 hours of state-funded early education they are entitled to.

The EYPP will be paid alongside existing funding for the early education entitlement, calculated and paid on a termly basis.  The EYPP will be included with the balancing payment each term.  The termly advance payment in respect of the free entitlement will not include an amount for EYPP .  This is due to the child’s details and eligibility not being available at that stage.

Using the EYPP effectively

It will be down to each individual provider to decide how to utilise the EYPP . Early years providers will be responsible for ensuring that this extra funding improves the quality of education for disadvantaged children. OfSTED inspections will report on whether providers spend their EYPP funding effectively.

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 progress of children so impact can be measured. EYPP  will form part of the existing OfSTED inspection framework.

From 2016, the annual Early Years Census will collect information on numbers of children receiving the EYPP at each setting. Settings may be required to make available/show evidence of spend in relation to EYPP .

Early Education have produced online guidance on Early Years Pupil Premium Funding and practical tips on how to use it (PDF, 1.5MB)

Early Education have also devised a simple tool to help you record what you’ve spent and why you’ve spent it (MS Word, 62KB)

An EYPP leaflet for parents (PDF, 418KB) is available for printing and displaying on noticeboard or handing out to parents.


Childcare Providers please contact: Early Years and Childcare on 01270 685888.

Contact us

Email the Early Years and Childcare Team;

Telephone us on 01625 374182

or write to:

The Early Years and Childcare Team
Oakenclough Children’s Centre
Colshaw Drive

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