Early Years Pupil Premium
Early Years Pupil Premium 2018/2019
In April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s development, learning and care.
National data and research tells us that children who are 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 reception, compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium provides us with extra funding in order to support closing this gap.
It is well researched that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school. Hillview Nursery School wants to make the most of this additional funding.
For the Autumn and Spring term each eligible child provided Hillview Nursery School with £111.30 per term. In the Summer term this reduced to £95.40 per eligible child. For the academic year 2018/2019 the nursery has claimed £4293.00. See below for a breakdown.
Term Number of children Amount
Autumn 2018 12 £1335.60
Spring 2019 12 £1335.60
Summer 2019 17 £1621.80
The purpose of the fund is to ‘diminish differences’ often associated with children eligible for early years pupil premium. This is carried out in a number of ways at Hillview Nursery School.
Children arrive in Hillview Nursery School often below the expected level of development, and so ongoing assessment is used in order to identify individual children’s needs. The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face are:
Below aged rated expectation in language and communication
Below aged rated expectation in social interactions
Below aged rated expectation in emotional development
Small intervention groups such as communication and social groups are used in order to improve communication skills and social interactions for our disadvantaged as well as other children needing extra support. The groups are held 3 times a week, and are evaluated weekly in order to plan effectively for the following week’s group. Evidence is collated in order to track children’s progress and identify how the gap is narrowing in attainment.
The pupil premium fund is also used to support training needs for staff such as ‘Attention Autism’ and specialist speech and language professional development so that staff have the relevant tools in order to support children’s progress.
Each term additional resources are also purchased such as ‘bucket time’ resources, 2 new CD players (Spring 2019 term), CDs, story sacks, whiteboards, and mark making materials as well as books to support learning and making progress.
Four of the funded children have complex needs and require 1 to 1 support, however, they are included in ‘bucket time’ opportunities in order to build on their listening and attention skills and have specific targets using new resources in order to make progress. Since Autumn 2018, we have evidence that EYPP children have made significant progress, preparing them for school.