Early Years Pupil Premium


What is Early Years Pupil Premium?

The early years pupil premium is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for eligible children. An early years provider or setting is any organisation offering education for children aged under 5 years old, including nurseries and childminders.

The early years setting must be registered with Birmingham City Council to deliver early education entitlements (EEE).

Children aged 3 and 4 years old must be accessing an early education entitlement (EEE) place in order to attract EYPP funding.

From April 2024 eligible 2 year olds will also be able to apply for EYPP.

They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.


Who is Eligible?

You can apply for early years pupil premium if your child is aged 3 or 4 and you get 15 hours free child care.

You must also get at least one of the following:

You may also get early years pupil premium if your child is currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales or if your child has left care in England or Wales through:

  • adoption
  • special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order


The DfE believes that this initiative has the potential to make a big difference to the attainment of children. Nursery receives additional funding to ensure that children are ready to succeed at school, have excellent foundations for learning and are equipped well for achievement in life, no matter what their background.

If you feel that you meet one of the criteria above, you will need to complete an online application form.

Early Years Pupil Premium Eligibility Checker

When you have completed the application form you will be given a reference number which you should make a note of.  If you are applying for the EYPP because your child has been adopted from care you must let your provider have evidence of the adoption (please note that sensitive information should be hidden). Your application will be received by Birmingham City Council, who will carry out the necessary checks to ensure that your child is eligible for the EYPP funding. Should the checks show that your child is not eligible you will be contacted to check the information received is correct. Please be aware that economic eligibility criteria for 3 year old children will need to be checked again in the September of the academic year that the child will turn 4.

EYPP funding is paid directly to Nursery to improve your child’s learning experience; there is no monetary value for parents.


Early Years Pupil Premium Action Plan 2022-2023

Early Years Pupil Premium 2022-2023 Evaluation

Early Years Pupil Premium Action Plan 2023-2024