Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) provides direct funding to early years settings and childminders to help them improve the education they provide for three and four year olds.

To get EYPP funding, children must already be receiving free early education, however, they do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to.

Three and four year olds going to nursery may be able be eligible for EYPP if their family gets one 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 the State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run on, which is paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

EYPP is also available if a child has been in local authority care for at least one day or more, or was adopted from care in England or Wales, or left care under a special guardianship order, previously known as a residence order.

Identifying eligible children

Early years providers can identify eligible children by talking to their parents and getting them to complete an EYPP application form. Most two-year-olds who were entitled will also be able to get EYPP when they turn three. Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn three.

Four-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already get the school-age pupil premium cannot get EYPP funding as well.

Check a child's eligibility for EYPP funding

Download and print the EYPP form for parents

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