From April 2015 we were able to claim extra Government Funding for some of our 3 and 4 year olds in the Nursery School to support their development, learning and care. This funding is called the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides us with an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 15 hours per week funded entitlement to early education.
It is well known 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 for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our children entitled to this funding.
Our Early Years Pupil Premium allowance for the academic year 2015 / 16 was £6,815.71.
We currently use the extra funding to support children's progress and achievements in the Early Years Foundation Stage 3 'prime areas' - Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We have employed two members of staff to work each day, one for one and a half hours each morning and the other for one and a half hours every afternoon. All our children are screened using the Every Child a Talker (ECAT) tool kit and the Every Child a Mover(ECAM) toolkit. Some children may be identified as having possible difficulties in these areas and the members of staff then work with them either individually or in small groups to help "close the gap". We also use the money to "buy" places for those children who are "at risk of delay" in gross motor skills with a teacher who comes in to take a sports session each week. When we have reassessed those children receiving extra input (using the ECAT and ECAM monitoring tool and our own observations and assessments) we have seen a marked improvement in attainment, with many children now being assessed at being "in-line" for their age. We are all thrilled with this as these children have made good progress!
A further way we use the funding is to provide additional activities and visits to enhance and extend the children's life experiences. For example parent and child swimming sessions and trips to a wide range of places in our mini buses.
Please see our EYPP Strategy Statement below for further information.