Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) enables us to claim additional government funding for some of our 3 and 4 year olds in Nursery School to further support their development and learning experiences.

The funding equates to £302.10 per year if a child takes up their full 570 hours of free early education entitlement.

It is well known that high quality Early Education can influence how well a child does from Nursery School through a child’s Primary and Secondary School years and the Early Years Pupil Premium grant will help give our children additional rich learning experiences and opportunities.

The government have identified that white working class boys are a group who potentially may not reach educational goals typical for their age. We would like to make sure that all groups of children attending Whitegate have the opportunities to make excellent progress and attain in line with other children at their age whilst continuing to enjoy rich learning opportunities and experiences.

Our EYPP focus this year will therefore be on identifying how we can further promote children’s personal development through developing our knowledge of attachment and trauma and how this might affect the  learning of vulnerable groups.

We also intend to focus on developing children’s positive interactions and social skills. We will look at opportunities for children to build their resilience by working together, negotiating and enabling them to practise using strategies that help them begin solving problems.  We want further develop the way we work with families to share our practice and support them to implement conflict resolution strategies at home.

We also want to continue to focus on supporting children’s regular attendance at Nursery. We know that good, consistent attendance routines establish good habits for school and attending every school session enables children to feel confident and secure in their class environment and supports them to develop friendships.



Some of the barriers to learning that our children are facing:

Communication challenges

Children may find it difficult to use language to express what they want or need. They might not have the words yet. They might struggle to form the right sounds.

Children may find it difficult to understand what others are saying to them.

Children increasingly find it difficult to focus on what people, especially adults are saying to them. They may appear not to hear or be ignoring adults especially when there is lots of background noise.

Difficulties being around other people

Children may find it difficult to manage their feelings especially when around other children. They can react in volatile ways, especially when trying to take turns or share.

What can school do to help?

We will support the children to develop their language and communication skills quickly and from a young age.

We will develop our partnerships with families and create family friendly strategies for supporting children to know what to do when faced with conflict and how to begin to manage their emotions.

Click here to see how we used our EYPP funding last year.


3 and 4 year olds in state-funded early education will be eligible for EYPP funding if they meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

Their family gets 1 of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • 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)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit.

They have left care in England or Wales through:

  • An adoption
  • A special guardianship order
  • A child arrangement order
  • They are currently being looked after by a Local Authority in England or Wales.

This information has been taken from the www.gov.uk website, for more information on EYPP please visit:

Headteacher: Catherine Tasker
Address: Whitegate Nursery School & Early Years Care, Victoria Road, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8TG
Telephone: 01282 772283
Email: office@whitegate.lancs.sch.uk

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