Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)?

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to support the development, learning and care for three and four year old children from families in receipt of out of work benefits. EYPP starts from April 2015 and amounts to £300 per child per year where a child attends for their full 570 hours. Children must receive the early years free entitlement (EYFE) in order to attract EYPP funding.

Full guidance on the EYP (PDF 35KB)


All early years providers who offer EYFE in Brighton & Hove can submit a claim for EYPP for eligible children.  This includes maintained school nursery classes, pre-schools, playgroups, nurseries, nursery schools and childminders. If an early years provider receives an “inadequate” Ofsted judgement we are not permitted to fund EYFE, and consequently will not pay EYPP.

Children are eligible if their parent/guardian receives one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on

Some children who received EYFE in your setting from the age of two will become eligible for EYPP from the term after their third birthday.  The two year olds who received EYFE who will not be eligible are those who received EYFE because either their family was in receipt of Working Tax Credit, or because their child was disabled.

Children are also eligible if:

  • they have been in local authority care for one day or more in England or Wales
  • they have been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • they have left care under a special guardianship/residence order in England or Wales

Unlike EYFE for two year olds, disabled children are not eligible for EYPP.

How does a provider claim and receive payment of the EYPP?

A section has been added to the headcount form (parent/carer certificate) for the parent/carer to provide information in order for settings to claim EYPP, as well as a sentence regarding consent for us to use this data to check for EYPP eligibility. Please see the additional guidance about claiming the EYPP (PDF 35KB) and see the presentations and resources from the Early Years Foundation page 

EYPP will be paid to the setting in the form of a grant once a term. Where a child attends more than one setting, or attends for fewer than 570 hours a year, EYPP will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

How can a provider spend the EYPP?

Spending the EYPP effectively is important. See our webpage about How to spend the EYPP

Information for parents

BHCC has produced a sample letter for you to give to parent (PDF 21KB) informing them about EYPP, along with a poster for to display (PDF 79KB). This will encourage parents to give the information needed so that EYPP eligibility can be checked.