Early Years Pupil Premium
Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to help narrow the gap between children from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. It is allocated to children who would be eligible for free school meals if they were in primary or secondary school.
The Church Hill and Low Hall children who are entitled to EYPP face barriers to their education and development due to restricted parental resources, such as lack of opportunities to go on outings, or experience of arts and crafts using specialist materials which are not available at home. Some children have restricted space to play at home, so the space afforded by Church Hill and Low Hall in itself presents an opportunity.
It is no longer a requirement for maintained nursery schools to report on EYPP spend, however this is reported to Governors, and this is detailed in the minutes which you can read here.
In academic year 2017-18 we had 96 children on roll, of whom 36 were in receipt of EYPP: 13 in the 3-year-old provision; 23 in the provision for 2-year-olds. We received £3176.82 and used this money as follows:
- We used staff working time to support parents to apply for schools that are either good or outstanding.
- We fund weekly enrichment activities with the children entitled to the funding. These included cooking, art and crafts, games and outings. The children went to the library, for walks and to local parks. They also travelled into town for a trip to the Science Museum.
- We fund extended sessions/time at nursery for specific children who we felt would benefit from our environment and the physical space to play that we have
- We have created a hub of local artists called Arts in the Forest, with the aim of bringing the arts to all our children. This last year, Play With Clay saw all the families who receive EYPP and all the 2 year olds who receive the 2 year old FEEE were invited to sessions led by a professional artist in residence who led a week-long experience of playing with clay. The majority of those invited attended (at least 30). This cost £1,000
- Arts in the Forest artist Esther Neslen led an activity where the children were enabled to create an artwork in response to fireworks. This cost £250.
- We have employed Elen Evans as a musician in residence. Children experience the harp on a weekly basis, and planned musical sessions. All EYPP and 2 year old FEEE children have taken part in these sessions.
- The EYPP children are highlighted on the weekly provision planning to ensure that they are planned for and have high-quality adult-led sessions.
- We checked that all the EYPP children who wanted to go to Brooks Farm were given support so that they had the opportunity to go. We subsidised the 13 of them, and those children went accompanied by members of staff.
We measure the impact of the EYPP funding by tracking the progress of children entitled to EYPP using our standard assessment data, case studies and through parental feedback. At the Summer 2017 data collection point all EYPP children had made rapid progress. At the September and February data collection points all EYPP children had made at least expected progress.
The nursery school will evaluate the impact on each pupil at the end of the autumn term. Evaluation will focus on academic gains and how pupils’ self-confidence has developed as a consequence of the intervention. We shall review the effectiveness of this use of EYPP funding at the Autumn meeting of our Children’s Learning and Development Meeting and make any necessary changes to our plans for this academic year with immediate effect.