Early education and childcare providers

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)?

The EYPP gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support certain 3- and 4-year-olds.

Who can claim EYPP?

All providers delivering funded early education places will be eligible to receive the EYPP.


3 and 4-year-olds in funded early education will be eligible for EYPP funding if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • their family gets one of the following: 
  1. Income Support
  2. income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  3. income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  4. support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  5. the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  6. Child Tax Credit (provided they’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  7. Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  8. Universal Credit
  • they have been in local-authority care for one day or more in England or Wales
  • they have been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • they have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales.

Four-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

Children will be eligible from the term after their third birthday, in line with the universal entitlement to free early education for three and four year olds, which they should be taking up.


EYPP is paid at a national rate of 53p per hour per child. We pass on the full rate direct to providers. For example, if children are attending their full 15 hours of funded early education a week this would be as follows:

Number of children

Amount each year

1 child


2 children


Telling parents about the funding

Inform parents about the EYPP and highlight the benefits This should be voluntary; some parents will choose not to identify themselves as meeting the eligibility criteria. (voluntary letter link)

The process for confirming eligibility

1)    Obtain the National Insurance Number and Date of Birth for both parents

2)    Call Rutland County Council on: 01572 758487, an eligibility check will be completed and you will then be given confirmation of ‘eligible’ or ‘not eligible’ response 

3) Once it has been established a child is eligible, to access the funding, tick the appropriate box next to the child’s name, on the Early Years Funding Claim Form.

How to spend the funding.

It is very important that you can demonstrate additional EYPP funding is making a difference. This is something Ofsted will ask about during inspections.

Here are some ideas and suggestions to help you plan the most effective use of the funding:

Foundation Years

Education Endowment Foundation