Early Years Pupil Premium

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium  (EYPP)?
The EYPP was introduced by the government in April 2015. It is additional funding (roughly £300 per year per eligible child) for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. It is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers by improving the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of eligible children. More information about the EYPP is available at www.early-education.org.uk/eypp-basics  

How can you help?

If you receive one of the benefits listed, we will be able to access this Early Years Pupil Premium for your child. We will need to make a note of your:

National Insurance Number
Date of Birth

We are then able to check your child's eligibility.


How will we use the extra money?

Communication - Real Experiences - Parents    

The extra funding that we receive from Early Years Pupil Premium will be spent on providing real experiences for our children and their families. We hope to inspire and enthuse everyone – children, parents and staff alike and encourage them to talk about their experiences and what they have learnt together. We will record experiences in different ways (photos, videos, drawings, audio) and revisit them with children and their families, encouraging talk and communication and reliving and consolidating the learning that took place.

We hope to take children out of Nursery as often as we can, to local parks, shops, libraries, theatres and further afield to farms, woods, beaches and other exciting places! We will take parents and carers too and aim to broaden horizons and show families some of the exciting things they can do with young children that will make learning real and memorable as well as lots of fun!

We will also organise lots real learning experiences in Nursery! Children and families are central to all that we do and we involve them in all aspects of Nursery life. Children help to prepare the food for their snack and serve their own meals. Children have helped to redesign  our Nursery Garden and parent volunteers will enable our ‘Outdoor Learning’ project in the local Community Grounds to happen.

Another key part of learning at Lilycroft Nursery School for children from two to five are the people (and animals) that we invite to visit us on a regular basis. Children and families have enjoyed visits from story tellers, dancers, musicians and artists, the Emergency Services and Birds and Animals galore! Click here to see our news of what we’ve been up to recently.

We are also very lucky to have a bespoke Lilycroft Nursery School Early Years enthusiast and specialist who works with our children on regular projects. Veronica is one of our most experienced and well loved ex members of staff who worked at Lilycroft Nursery School for over 25 years, so knows the needs of our children and families inside out! Together we design sessions to suit the particular needs and interests of small groups and individual children, enabling us to focus precisely on the areas of learning and social / emotional well being that will engage them and enable them to progress.

The extra money from Early Years Pupil Premium enables all this to happen and for those eligible children has a recognisable impact on their learning, progress and achievement both now and in the future.


How much money have we received?

Autumn 18

Summer 18

Spring 18


 25% or 18/72

children are eligible




 18.5% or 22/119

children were eligible




18.5% or 20/108

children were eligible




What impact has there been?

2018 Leavers

Of the children who had received EYPP funding and left Nursery in July 18, 92% or 12/13 children made Typical or Above Typical Progress (77% Above Typical).

Our particular focui for this group over the 17/18 academic year were PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and PD (Physical Development). We saw real improvements for both individual children and the group as a whole in both areas. Data shows improvements from entry to exit but also from July 17 to July 18. This is due to the experiences the children and families had, including Outdoor Learning and Dance and Movement sessions.

Area of Learning

On Entry 16/17 At or Above

On Exit July 17

At or Above

On Entry 17/18

At or Above

On Exit July 18

At or Above














However, children in receipt of EYPP funding did not do as well in the other Prime Area of learning - CL (Communication and Language). When looking at the July 18 Leavers data for this group of learners, Reading is also an area where children did not achieve as highly.

We have already begun Rhythm and Rhymes Sessions with Veronica - specifically designed short sessions pitched at just the right level for the children involved to engage and motivate them. Alongside a renewed focus on the highest quality interactions and learning experiences for all children, we hope to improve outcomes for this group in these vital areas of learning.

2017 Leavers

Children in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium funding achieved better than ‘All Children’ in most areas of learning.

They did significantly better in:

Area of Learning

% of children achieving at or above ARE

All Children July 17

EYPP July 17

EYPP Feb 17

Self conf & self awareness




People and communities




The world




Exploring and using media and materials






Compared to mid year (Feb 17), the achievement of this group of learners has significantly improved in all areas of learning. This is due to real life learning experiences such as ‘Outdoor Learning’, a variety of visits both local and further afield and first hand experiences of animals such as chicks and caterpillars/butterflies. Also – due to good relationships with families – involving them in their children’s learning and sharing with them specific next steps (that can be implemented both at home and at nursery) which provide challenge at just the right level to enable children to make significant progress over time. 

However, in Physical Development, EYPP children did not do as well as All Children.This year (2017/18) we will be running Early Years Dance sessions (supported by the Children’s Centre Cluster, Dance for Life and the NHS) where we hope to give all EYPP children and their families some exciting experiences that will have a positive impact on their physical skills.


2016 Leavers

During 2015/16 we carefully tracked the progress and achievement of the group of children for whom we received Early Years Pupil Premium funding. Case studies showed real impact for individual children with increased levels of involvement and confidence often evident. Children were fascinated and exciited by the real life learning experiences they participated in. We revisited these experiences using photographs and videos and children were keen to talk about what they had done both in nursery and at home with their families.

As a group we saw real improvements in the progress and achievement of these children. Starting points were often low and by Feb 16 only 27% or 3/11 children were achieving Age Related expectation. By July 16, we saw significant improvements and 55% or 6/11 children were achieving at or above Age Related expectation by the time they left nursery.

In Understanding the World, 45% or 5/11 children moved from achieving well below or below Age Related Expectation on entry to at or above Age Related Expectation on exit. This was due to the numerous 'real life' experiences designed to enhance learning, particularly for this group of children.

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language, 63% or 7/11 of the group of children receiving Early Year Pupil Premium funding made good or outstanding progress.

A review by Governors of our EYPP strategy will take place in Spring 2019