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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is extra funding that is available to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds who access the universal 15 funded hours per week.

Childcare providers could claim up to a maximum of £342 per year for each eligible child, this equates to an extra 0.60 pence per hour (up from 0.53p). EYPP is payable on the universal 15 hours only, up to a maxium of 570 hours in a year.

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Three and four year olds will be eligible if their parents are in receipt of one of the following benefits. 

Economic criteria

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Park VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (Provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit and have net annual household earnings below £7,400 (this means your take home pay from any paid employment, after Income Tax and NI contributions have been deducted).

Non-economic criteria

In addition, a child will be eligible 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
  • are subject to a child arrangement order

Applications for non-economic criteria will need to be made using only the EYPP paper claim form (below). Please make sure you also include any relevant documents to verify the child's status. Without these we will be unable to process your claim. 

How to apply

Childcare providers will identify families who could be eligible against the economic criteria. Providers claiming funded hours for three and four year olds will submit EYPP claims via the EY Portal by completing the Carer Details section (on behalf of the parent) against the child's EEF claim. The parent's national insurance number and date of birth will be required for economic claims, these details should have been added to the parent declaration from when the child started.

Providers will not be directly advised of the outcome of an application but should review their next statement for EEF claims which will identify the children who have been confirmed as eligible and will be paid for EYPP. Once a provider starts receiving EYPP funding for a child, they will not lose it while the child is taking up the universal funded entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.

For non-economic claims, i.e. looked after child, left care or children under a special guardianship or child arrangement order, please complete the following EYPP claim form and submit to eeac@staffordshire.gov.uk  along with accompanying evidence. 

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