Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.

The parental income threshold has recently changed following the
Eligibility for free school meals, the early years pupil premium and the free early education entitlement for two-year-olds under universal credit consultation published in March 2018. 

Children whose parents/carers receive one of the following benefits will generate EYPP for their childcare provider:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income - based (not contribution-based) Job Seeker's Allowance (IBJAS)
  • The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit 
  • Income-related employment and support allowance or financially supported by NASS (National Asylum Support Service)
  • Universal credit – their annual net earned income must be equivalent to and not exceeding £7,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods
  • Child tax credit - except if they meet any of the following criteria:
    • Entitled to working tax credit (regardless of income)
    • Have an annual income in excess of £16,190

Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to EYPP

Or the 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 

We would encourage providers to speak to parents to find out who is eligible for EYPP funding. In particular, the parents of children who took up the funded entitlement of 15 hours for disadvantaged 2-year-olds, as some of these children may attract EYPP when they turn 3. Providers must ensure the relevant section within the Parent /Provider Agreement is filled in for eligible children.

Find out if a child is eligible for EYPP 

Please note - For parents accessing their Extended Funding Entitlement, Pupil Premium will only be paid to providers for the Universal 15 hours a child attends. Any additional hours claimed under the Extended entitlement will not attract Pupil Premium funding.

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