What is the criteria for eligibility of Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)?

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is paid by local authorities direct to schools. Its award is dependent on the application by parents of eligible children to their local authority, which will use the eligibility checking service to verify their application against benefits related data. 

Children are eligible to receive EYPP if they are aged 3 or 4 years, receiving the universal 15 hours free childcare and qualify for at least one of the following:

• meet the benefits related criteria equivalent to those for Free School Meals (please note: meals delivered as part of the universal infant free meal entitlement are not FSM; receipt of FSM does not automatically qualify a child for EYPP); or

• are in the care of the local authority (in England and Wales); or

• have left care (in England or Wales) through: adoption, special guardianship, a child arrangement order (formally known as a residence order). 

On the student profile (extended tab) you will also need to enter the basis of eligibility, as all students in receipt of EYPP need the reason recording for the Spring Census:


NOTE: Students aged 4 at the start of the academic year in reception and above are eligible to receive school age pupil premium and therefore are not eligible to receive EYPP funding. 

For more information on EYPP please click here


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