The aim of the Early Years Pupil Premium is to close the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers by providing additional funding to Early years settings, therefore providing the opportunity to raise the quality of provision we offer.
All children aged three and four (not two-year olds), who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour on top of the Free Entitlement for three and four-year-old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. In order to be able to claim this funding we require parents to sign the funding agreement which asks for details of parent’s date of birth and National Insurance number.
Pupil premium expenditure
As an Early Years setting we have the freedom to choose how we spend the money to best support disadvantaged children in our care. Our pre-school will endeavour to find the best possible way to spend the money through identifying the needs of the child and discussing with parents how the money may be best spent.
Making a difference
As a setting we are committed to making a difference in children and families lives. We review all pupil premium expenditure on a on-going basis involving the parents along the way to ensure the most effective use of the funding to have maximum benefit to the child.
For further information please speak with one of the management team.
Nursery Education Funding
All 3 and 4-year-old children, as well as some 2-year-old children, are entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year. Some 3 and 4-year-old children are also entitled to an additional 15 hours per week.
3 & 4-Year-Old Funding Criteria - Universal 15 Hours
All children become entitled to 15 hours of free early education the term following their third birthday, their entitlement continues until either the end of the term in which they become five years of age or until they start in a maintained school reception class.
Childs birthday between; Term funding starts
1st April and 31st August 1st September (Autumn Term)
1st September and 31st December 1st January (Spring Term)
1st January and 31st March 1st April (Summer Term)
3 & 4-Year-Old Funding Criteria – Additional 15 Hours
Some children are also entitled to an additional 15 hours of free early years education per week, totalling 30 free hours of childcare. To be eligible for the additional 15 hours of funding, each parent of the child must be employed a minimum equivalent of 16 hours per week, earning at least the national minimum wage. Each parent must earn less than £100,000 per year. Single parents are also eligible, providing the sole parent works an equivalent of 16 hours per week, at national minimum wage.
Our offer for 15 & 30 hours free nursery education funding
At Pinvin community preschool we strive to be flexible in the hours we offer our children and families, we are committed to continue this for those entitled to 30-hours of free childcare. Our funding offers are reviewed termly and we reserve the right to change our offer giving parents a terms notice of any changes.
Your child's hours can be taken flexibly between 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday term time only.
You are able to select less hours if you do not wish to take up the full 15 or 30 hours, however we request you follow the guidelines below of the sessions. This is to maintain high standards of care by minimising disruption to the children’s day;
Morning session - 9 -12pm Morning and lunch club - 9-1pm Afternoon session 12-3pm
For your convenience, we also offer wrap around care, this includes nestle and nurture sessions available from 8 - 9am and 3 – 6pm. This is not included in your funded hours and will be provided at an additional cost.
We do not have limited the spaces available for the 30 hours offer, however it will be on a first come, first served basis. We will operate a waiting list but cannot guarantee your child’s specific hours until 4 weeks before they are due to start.
How to apply
To check eligibility for 30 hours free childcare visit the Government Childcare service by visiting the website;
Two-Year-Old Funding Criteria
To be eligible for 15 hours of free early education, from the term after their second birthday, children must be living in a household that receives one or more of the following benefit.
Children are also entitled to a free place if they are looked after by the Local Authority,
have a current Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan, if they are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or an Adoption Order.
How do I apply?
If you are eligible for 2 year old funding you should be automatically sent a postcard from Worcestershire county council with details how to apply. If you believe you are eligible and have not received notification you are able to check at the website below: