How to spend the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The choice of how to spend the EYPP is yours, but this must be based on the needs of the eligible children at your setting. Effective ways to spend the money include buying professional development for staff teams and paying for extra hours for existing staff to work directly with eligible children. In some settings the EYPP has been spent on employing a new member of staff with a specific expertise or qualification.

EYPP and support for looked after children and children who are adopted

The spending of the EYPP for children who are looked after or who are adopted must be directly related to the specific eligible children. If a child has an Early Years Personal Education Plan (EYPEP) the EYPP should be used to support the identified actions. This may include ways to develop awareness of attachment through further training.

Ofsted expectations

Inspectors will track the progress of a child who is identified as eligible for the EYPP. Ofsted will ask how the EYPP has impacted positively on children's learning and development, so it is very important to keep accurate records of children's achievements before and after any EYPP project, intervention or initiative that you introduce.

Effective use of the EYPP in Brighton & Hove

The following examples are all taken from settings which had received a recent outstanding Ofsted judgement, and where the work to close gaps in achievement and the use of additional funding were praised.

These effective strategies were shared at the Summer term city-wide network meeting in July 2017. All the settings featured would be delighted to share more information about their work on request.

Previous case studies from 2015 are available here:

National evidence

The Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation publish regular reports and updates.

The Education Endowment Foundation has produced an Early Years Toolkit  which is an accessible summary of educational research for early years teaching.

Early Education, the British Association for Early Childhood Education, has as a wealth of useful information on the EYPP including some practical tips on allocating EYPP and information about the EYPP Learning Together about Learning (LTAL) project

Foundation Years have collated examples of best practice and have a range of national case studies.

Further support

The Brighton & Hove City Council's Early Years Team, can offer further support and ideas for effective use of the EYPP and monitoring its effectiveness. Effective practice ideas and updates are included regularly in a dedicated section of the fortnightly bulletins. If you do not receive these please email

Here is an audit to support your reflective practice 

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