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.
National data research tells that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, 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 is to 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 arrangements 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. We are planning to use the money we recieve to further our expertise in assessment, intervention and support for children with speech and language.
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.
A return is submitted to the local authority for eligibility to be checked, we receive the results approximately a month following submission. This enables us to confirm the children within the setting who are eligible.
REEDLEY HALLOWS NURSERY SCHOOL
EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM POLICY 2017-2018
At Reedley Hallows Nursery School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. Early Years Pupil Premium funding (EYPP) will amount to approximately £9,000 for 2016-2017 and this policy outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
– We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils;
– We seek to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive EYPP will be socially disadvantaged;
– We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged qualify for EYPP. We reserve the right to allocate the EYPP funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being in need of intervention and support to remove barriers of learning.
These may include:
SEND – Children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Socio-economic issues impacting on children’s home environment.
EAL which may impact on language development for some children.
– All our work through the EYPP will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations.
– To close the attainment gap in the prime areas of EYFS curriculum.
– To continue to improve confidence, independence and self-esteem.
– To continue to improve attendance and punctuality.
– To continue to develop parental engagement, support and partnership work to remove barriers to learning.
Early Years Pupil Premium funding is spent in the following ways at Reedley Hallows Nursery School.
– Delivering intervention programmes to target children who do not speak English as their first or main language or who have been identified with below expected levels of language development.
– Targeting more able children to ensure they reach their full potential.
– Paying for activities that broaden the knowledge of the curriculum e.g. farm visit.
– Ensuring good attendance, punctuality and readiness for learning of pupils through parental engagement.
The Head Teacher will produce a termly report for Governors outlining:
– The progress made by socially disadvantaged pupils in receipt of EYPP.
– An outline of the cost effectiveness of interventions funded by EYPP.
– It will be the responsibility of the Head Teacher, or a delegated member of staff, to ensure and outline the school’s progress towards ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils is given to the full Governing Body on a termly basis.
The Governors will ensure that there is an annual statement published on our school website to the parents on how the Early Years Pupil Premium funding has supported socially disadvantaged pupils.
Progress Academic Year 2016-2017
Children eligible for EYPP made rapid progress with 52% making better than expected progress and 31% of that making outstanding progress across all areas of learning and development.
PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) was strongest whilst Expressive Arts and Design was the weakest area.
The levels of progress mean the attainment gap between EYPP children in school and all other pupils has narrowed.
Date: September, 2017
Review: September, 2018
If you require any more information about pupil premium then please see a member of staff or ring the Nursery School on 01282 682285