Early Years Pupil Premium
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015 we have been able to claim extra Government Funding for some of our 3 and 4 year olds in the Nursery School to support their development, learning and care. This funding is called the Early Years Pupil Premium.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) provides us with an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 15 hours per week funded entitlement to early education.
It is well known that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a Pupil Premium has been available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our children entitled to this funding.
We currently use the extra funding to support children's progress and achievements in the Early Years Foundation Stage three 'prime areas' - Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Early Years Pupil Premium Funding 2020-2021
Early Years Pupil Premium Grant Allocation - £3,927
Main barriers to learning
- Personal, social and emotional (particularly confidence).
- Speech, language and communication difficulties.
- The grant allocation is used to contribute to the cost of additional TA support within the nursery and the provision of a nurture room.
- Nurture group activities support children to overcome barriers to learning through intervention and encouragement, within a setting with lower child to staff ratios.
- Forest Schools sessions enable our children to develop in confidence, and independence as they access challenging experiences in a safe way.
- Children benefit from regular ‘Wellcomm’ intervention sessions to further develop their speech, language and communication skills. Children’s communication skills develop rapidly as a consequence of these interventions.
- Forest school and cooking sessions enable children to learn to use tools safely, build their skills of independence and resilience through trying new, challenging experiences.
- Interventions are planned based on the individual needs of EYPP children, including intervention to provide challenge for more able EYPP children.
The intervention strategies used to support our EYPP pupils are highly effective, however, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, attendance has declined steeply in January 2021, following the National Lockdown. The majority of EYPP children continue to attend and to access support and interventions outlined. Where children are unable to attend, online resources and activities (Evidence Me, Website & Twitter) as well as craft packs have been made available to all parents during the crisis and regular telephone calls home are made to all families.
Interventions are monitored throughout the year. Progress and attainment is tracked through a comprehensive assessment process. Data from each child’s class teacher, discussions with parents, the evidence in individual Learning Journeys as well as information from regular observations are used to measure the impact of interventions. It is expected that children able to access the full range of interventions will make better than expected progress across the year.