Early Years funding in England and Wales - how Peep fits

Government funding is available across the UK to provide focused support for 3 and 4 year olds eligible for free school meals (or equivalent), to help close the attainment gap. The funding is via the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) in England, the Early Years Pupil Development Grant (EYPDG) in Wales, and the Pupil Equity Fund in Scotland.

A DfE survey (January 2017) indicates the main ways in which Early Years 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 and EYPDG 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 local 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.

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)

EYPP funding (England) - 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, 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. Download our leaflet: 'Using your Early Years Pupil Premium - how Peep Programmes support practitioners and the home learning environment'.

EYPDG funding (Wales) - how to apply and how it can be spent

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You can find the Welsh government document explaining this grant here: Early Years Pupil Development Grant in Wales. Settings will receive £300 per 3-4 year old pupil attending for 10+ hours per week who is eligible for free school meals (based on the proportion of FSM five year olds in the feeder school/s - see govt guidance for details). 

The guidance explains that the main purpose of the funding is to improve the quality of settings/classrooms and teaching, and that ways of doing this include: training and supporting staff on the importance and role of family engagement; making home links to encourage activities to support early language and numeracy skills, or developing children’s independence skills, self-regulation, healthy eating etc; and developing partnerships with parents/carers, families and communities.