Early years funding supports the national scheme administered by local authorities to offer free early learning and childcare places to all three and four and eligible two year olds. On this page you will be able to find out about the agreed funding rates for two, three and four years olds and Early Years Pupil Premium.
Schools Forum agreed that the Early Years Funding Formula (EYFF) would be based on the following:
Therefore in 2019-20 Schools Forum agreed Early Years providers will receive:
Two year old funding of £5.66 per hour eligible two year olds for all providers.
Three and four year old funding made up of:
Appendix B of the Schools Forum paper presented on 13 February outlined the indicative budgets for 2019-20 for all Early Years providers.
Eligibility criteria for two year old FEEE and 30hrs FEEE can be found on the Early Years Eligibility Checker page.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding aimed to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year olds. Providers receive £0.53 per hour attended by the eligible child (totalling £302.10 per year). It applies to children in a free early education place from April 2015.
The EYPP is child-specific in addition to the standard hourly rate for three and four year olds (detailed above). Hours must be reported via the headcount returns and will be paid in arrears as part of the termly reconciliation.
Responsibilities of Early Years providers
Early years providers are responsible for:
EYPP eligibility criteria can be found on the Early Years Eligibility Checker page.
Providers must provide a code proving a child’s eligibility in order to receive the additional funding. It is recommended that FEEE providers implement a universal request, as part of their standard admissions process, for all parents to complete the Early Years Eligibility Checker that will generate an eligibility code. By embedding into the standard admissions process parents/carers are not stigmatised and settings reduce the possibly of missing out on additional funding.
How to spend your Early Years Pupil Premium
Deprivation Supplement Funding payments are based on children’s postcode data submitted by settings. Deprivation supplement funding is NOT child specific and can be used to support any disadvantaged, vulnerable or children with SEND who are taking up their Free Early Education Entitlement at your setting.
Deprivation supplement funding can be used by your school/setting throughout the year to close the gap between the attainment of the most disadvantaged children and their peers. Full details regarding deprivation funding is outlined in the FEEE Financial Guidance.