early years pupil premium (EYPP) - how Peep can help

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding provides focused support for every 3 and 4 year old who is eligible for free school meals (or equivalent), to help close the attainment gap (see below). 

A DfE survey (January 2017) indicates the main ways in which EY providers are using the funding: to support communication and language, personal social and emotional development (PSED), literacy and numeracy, and/or physical development and outdoor play. They are doing this through additional staff time for EYPP children, buying resources, staff training, and engaging parents to support home learning.

Peep training courses for practitioners that help narrow the gap and support EYPP children

All Peep Training will increase practitioners’ confidence, knowledge and skills in working with parents (as well as children) to support the home learning environment. Depending on your EYPP focus, the following courses will help meet your local needs:

Learning Together Programme Training - 2-day, with C&G accreditation & online access to the Programme, which focuses on 5 developmental strands: Communication and Language, PSED, Health & Physical Development, Early Maths and Early Literacy. Trained practitioners can focus on topics from any of these strands. 

Early Communication Matters Training - 1-day - focusing on understanding and improving children’s language development, in the setting and at home.

Working with South Asian families Training - 1-day - focusing on how practitioners can value and build on families’ mother tongue and culture to support children’s learning.

Peep resources

These can be used with or by families, and can be ordered from our website shop:

  • Singing Together Songbooks/CDs 1 & 2, and  Singing Together in Urdu & Punjabi
  • Peep the parrot storybooks and  Stories and songs in Punjabi and Urdu CD/book
  • Songbands (for circle songs and games)
  • Learning Together Programme folder (for trained practitioners to use in your work with families)

We’re currently recruiting schools/academies in England that have places for 3-year-olds to take part in our EEF-funded Learning Together Study – find out more: www.peeple.org.uk/lts.

EYPP funding - how to apply and how it can be spent

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The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional DfE funding for early years settings in England and Wales, to improve the education they provide for 3- and 4-year-olds who are eligible for free school meals (or equivalent). Early years providers are any organisation offering education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.

There is guidance on the DfE website but you're likely to find more up-to-date guidance on your county council's website, which may well just require parents to provide you with their national insurance number, rather than filling out a form themselves. The amount per child attending their full 15 hours of funded education per week is 53p/hour or £302/year.

It is up to each EY provider how you spend the money - it can benefit all children in the setting but has to have a main focus on the needs of the EYPP children.