Recent studies show that there is a 19 month gap in 'school readiness' between the most and least advantaged children. The EYPP aims to reduce this inequality.
Introduction of the EYPP for three and four year olds from April 2015 is intended to support providers to bridge this gap with additional funding, approximately £300 for each eligible child. It will be a system in which money follows the child from the new two year old free entitlement right through to the school-age Pupil Premium.
Early years providers have a key opportunity to maximise this additional funding to improve children's outcomes and to boost disadvantaged children's achievement.
It will be Ofsted's task to monitor the impact of the funding, and this is likely to become an important aspect of future inspections.
So from April 2015, extra funding is available to support some three and four year old children on funded childcare places.
If your child attends any of the following childcare settings that is graded by OfSTED as outstanding, good or requires improvement they can claim this extra funding:
- pre school/playgroup
- day nursery
- nursery class or sessions at a school
- nursery school.