Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to help narrow the gap between children from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. It is allocated to children who would be eligible for free school meals if they were in primary or secondary school.
The Church Hill and Low Hall children who are entitled to EYPP face barriers to their education and development due to restricted parental resources, such as lack of opportunities to go on outings, or experience of arts and crafts using specialist materials which are not available at home. Some children have restricted space to play at home, so the space afforded by Church Hill and Low Hall in itself presents an opportunity.
In academic year 2016-17 we received £5055.88, and used this money to:
- fund weekly enrichment activities with the children entitled to the funding. These included cooking, art and crafts, games and outings. The children went to the library, for walks and to local parks. They also travelled into town for a trip to the Science Museum.
- fund extended sessions/time at nursery for specific children who we felt would benefit from our environment and the physical space to play that we have
We measure the impact of the EYPP funding by tracking the progress of children entitled to EYPP using our standard assessment data, case studies and through parental feedback.
We discussed the effectiveness of this use of EYPP funding at the Autumn meeting of our Children’s Learning and Development Meeting and are making any necessary changes to our plans for this academic year with immediate effect.