From January 2015, the Government has introduced this new funding for early years. It is already paid to schools for older children so that they can provide the very best learning opportunities for children to help them to make progress.
Childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and schools will be able to use this additional money in lots of different ways. They will talk to you about the ways in which the money may be spent. This could include:
- Buying new resources and equipment
- Creating ‘home learning’ packs for you to enjoy with your child at home
- Offering your child additional sessions
- Arranging training so that staff can better support your child
….. and other ways to make a real difference for your child’s learning and progress
How Brougham Street Nursery spends its allocation of Pupil Premium
We currently use the funding to supplement the cost of employing all staff to a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in teh Nursery School. Research is clear that the higher the qualifications of staff teh better progress children make. As of September 2016 we receive £1000.00 of Pupil Premium funding. We keep a record of the achievement of all children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding and are able to compare their progress with all children in the nursery. This ensures that we get the maximum impact from the money we receive.
Children are eligible for the new early years pupil premium if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving funded early education with an early years setting, school or funded childminder.
AND if their parents are in receipt of one or more of these benefits:
Income based job seekers allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of State Pension credit
Child Tax Credit – provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
OR if they have been:
- Looked after by the Local Authority for at least one day
- Have been adopted from care
- Have left care through special guardianship; and
- Subject to a child arrangement order – setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly a ‘residence order’)
To claim this money for your child, you will be asked by your child’s pre-school, childminder, nursery or school to complete an ‘Eligibility Checking Form’.
To complete this form, you will need your surname, date of birth, National Insurance number and postcode. You will also be asked if you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed above.
If your child may be eligible, your child’s setting or school will then send your form to North Yorkshire County Council at County Hall in Northallerton so that your eligibility can be confirmed. Your information will not be shared with anyone else and will not be used for any other purpose.
After your eligibility has been confirmed, your setting will then receive the early year’s pupil premium money to spend for your child. They will talk with you about how you would like it to be spent, and then tell you about the difference it is making for your child’s learning in the future.