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Early Years Pupil Premium – guide for parents


Early Years Pupil Premium – guide for parents

From April 2015, children who are currently claiming the 3 and 4 year old free education entitlement could be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The EYPP is additional funding used to improve a child's learning and development.


Will my child be eligible?

Children will be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving Government funded free entitlement in any Ofsted registered childcare provider and parents are in receipt of one or more of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers 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 you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Of if the child has been:

  • looked after by the local authority for at least one day
  • have been adopted from care
  • have left care through special guardianship
  • are subject to a child arrangement order (what used to be a residence order)