Early Years Pupil Premium
What is Early Years Pupil Premium?
From April 2015 nurseries, schools and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Government’s Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s learning, development and care.
National data and research tells us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well. The EYPP will provide us with extra funding to close that gap.
How much funding will Valley Nursery School receive?
The EYPP means an extra £302 a year for each child who is eligible. In the academic year 2018-19 Valley received approximately £13,459.00.
What are the barriers to academic achievement?
Many of our children enter Nursery with poorly developed speech, language and communication skills. High levels of deprivation impact negatively on children’s PSED whilst positive dispositions for learning are often yet to be established . Nursery baseline revealed that over 90% of children are working below or significantly below expectations on entry into Little Chicks 2 year old provision and in excess of 70% on entry into Nursery.
How was the additional funding used?
We use the additional funding to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for the children who are eligible.
It enabled us to fund a member of staff to work with our eligible children with specialised support programmes, with a particular focus on speech, language and communication eg Talk Boost. The employment of additional support staff also enabled us to provide a small nurture group for our most vulnerable children as well as maintaining high adult-child staffing ratios across school.
In addition we were able to enrich our curriculum with visits, visitors and new experiences. These included dance workshops for Diwali and Chinese New Year, visits from ZooLab , Juggling Jim and the Farm on Wheels. Regular sports sessions have been led by specialist coaches from Walsall FC. Also, trips to Palace Play and Sycamore Adventure Playground have taken place and been heavily subsidised by school. Fun Days at Christmas and during the summer term have also strengthened our relationships with our families.