Since April 2015 we have been able to claim additional Government Funding for some of our three and four year olds in the Nursery to support their development, learning and care. This funding is called Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
Currently the Early Years Pupil Premium provides us with an additional 53pence per hour for the three and four year olds whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits, or who may have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 per year for each child taking up the full 15 hours per week universal entitlement.
At Gamesley Early Excellence Centre we monitor the progress of all our children regularly. However children who are in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium are monitored twice as often through our VIP system. This means these children have more time being observed and interacted with through our play based provision, ensuring more serve and return conversations and providing appropriate challenge to extend learning and deepen understanding.
After being a VIP staff meet as a team to discuss children’s needs, next steps in learning and any enhancements/changes/amendments that need to be made to the child’s learning environment. The Key Person for that child then also meets with the parent to discuss their child’s progress and next steps. It is our aim that this will make an impact by creating a safety net to close any gaps that may occur due to socio-economic factors. Our ethos is to provide every child with equality of access to a good start in their education.
Data for the children who moved into Primary School in July 2021* showed that typically the children who were in receipt of EYPP made the same or better progress than the cohorts overall progress. However attainment was still typically lower for children who were in receipt of EYPP than the whole cohort.
In the year 2020-21, the amount of money the Nursery received for EYPP funding was £6,719. This money was spent on:
*This cohort experienced a disruptive Nursery year, as although Nursery was open throughout the year, some parents chose to keep their children at home during the lockdown periods.