Early Years Pupil Premium Funding

Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding that a school or childcare provider can claim, it is allocated to improve a three or four year old child’s learning and development. It is designed to help and support specific groups of children. The funding is allocated for children who meet certain criteria the term after their 3rd birthday.

At Castle Vale Nursery School and Children’s Centre we are committed to promoting the progress of all children. Our aim is to ensure that every child is included and supported whatever their background.

Schools and childcare providers decide how the Early Years Pupil Premium is spent. They are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual children. This could include, additional training for the staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues, projects that can accelerate children’s learning. Schools and childcare providers are however, accountable for how effective they use the additional funds.

Children receive £302.10 per academic year.
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We would encourage any parent/carers to find out if their child is eligible, so we can claim this additional funding, to improve a three or four year old child’s learning and development. This extra money could make a significant difference to us. If you have any questions please contact the nursery school office.


The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding that a school or child-care provider can claim.
Children are eligible if they attend a school or childcare provision registered with Birmingham City Council and parents are claiming one or more benefits from the list below:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more that £16,190)
  • Working Tax run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit
  • Universal Credit

In addition a child is eligible under the additional criteria below:

  • 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 known as a residence order)

For more information on Early Years Pupil Premium or to check to see if your child is eligible to claim for Pupil Premium, please visit:


Forest school challengesHow we used our Early Years Pupil Premium Academic Year 2017/18

We received £5,374 in Autumn 2016 for 52 children. We received £5,629 in Spring 2017 for 59 children. We received £6,821 in Summer 2017 for 66 children.

We use the funding to provide Forest School Sessions so every child can receive Forest School every week. We use the Community Environmental Trust (based on Castle Vale) to support our Forest School Provision. http://environmentaltrust.org.uk/

We know that Forest School has many benefits for children. See the Forest School section of the website. Forest School improved the outcomes for our Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) children in Making Relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness, Understanding and Speaking.

Please read this report to see how our interventions help narrow the achievement gap for our EYPP children: EYPP Report Summer

You can also read how we are using our Early Years Pupil Premium this year: Early Years Pupil Premium Report Autumn 2017