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Pupil Premium

From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children's development, learning and care.

What is Pupil Premium?

National data research tells us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well than other children, for example in 2014 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years 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 have left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangement order. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us.

We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available in school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.

If you are asked for information for Pupil Premium, please do not worry. The information will be used to apply for this extra funding for your child.

During 2017 we have had up to 14 children receiving Early Years Pupil Premium. From September 2016 to March 2017 we received £1669.50. We have a detailed plan as to how this money is being used to raise attainment of these children. The plan identifies individuals and sets out interventions specific to their needs. The plan aims to get as many children in age appropriate bands in the 3 Prime areas and Literacy and Numeracy by the time they leave nursery to start school. A large focus of this work is being delivered through extra ‘Forest Focus’ sessions in our Outdoor Learning Environment.