Nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and other childcare providers can claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.
The form has 3 pages and will take 2 to 3 minutes to complete.
What it does
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra amount of money to the nursery or pre-school for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits or who have been adopted or are in care.
The provider can use the funding in any way they chose to improve the quality of the early years education that they provide for the children. This could include, for example, additional training for staff on early language, investing in partnership working with colleagues to further their expertise or supporting staff working on specialised areas such as 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. A pupil premium has been available for school age children and it has given a real boost to the children receiving the funding.
The child must attend a setting in Somerset.
Parents and carers who receive any of the following will qualify for The Early Years Pupil Premium:
- Universal Credit with an annual income of less than £7,400
- Income Support (IS)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) – not Contribution related
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) – not Contribution based
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, providing you do not also receive Working Tax Credit, with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190
- Three and four year old children that have been adopted, or who have left care through special guardianship or child arrangement orders
- Three and four year old children who are Looked After by Somerset County Council.