Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care. At Well Lane this extra money provides extra staff and equipment for your children.
If you think you are eligible we are asking you to fill out the enclosed forms so that we as a school can claim the extra funding due.
National data and research tells us that children who are eligible for free school meals tend to do less well. In 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early year’s foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide us with extra funding to close this gap.
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formally in local authority care but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours of funded entitlement to early education.
The additional money will make a significant difference. We can use the extra funding to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include for example additional training for our staff, investing in partnership working with our colleagues to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language development. Well Lane will have a new F1 and F2 building from September and this will ensure high quality early education for your child. You may be aware that a pupil premium is already available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost. We want to do the same for our early years children.
We are asking that PARENTS/GUARDIANS fill in the attached form if you think you meet the criteria. This will allow us to claim any additional Early Years Pupil Premium.
Please see the attached criteria sheet to see if you may be eligible.
If you have any questions, please contact the school office who will be happy to help.
Criteria for Early Years Pupil Premium
The setting your child attends may be able to receive Early Years Pupil Premium from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday if your family receives 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 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
Your child has:
- been in local-authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales
- been adopted from care in England or Wales
- left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales