The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding from April 2015 for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds.

The extra funding will be used to improve the quality of early years education. This could include additional training for staff or supporting staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language. The funding for several children could also be combined to further support their learning and development.


3 and 4 year olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding if they meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • Their family receives 1 of the following:
    • Income Support
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided they’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
    • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit
  • They have been in local-authority care for 1 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 order or residence order in England or Wales

How to claim

To access the Free Early Education Entitlement, parents are required to complete a parental declaration form that is in two parts; Part A completed once on enrolment and Part B completed each term.

Funding forms are included within the ‘Forms’ tab