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Early Years Premium (EYPP)

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) gives providers additional funding to support disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-old pupils who meet the eligibility criteria.

Hourly rate

It is paid at 60p per hour


Three and four-year olds will be eligible for EYPP if the child receives the universal 15 hours entitlement and they meet any of the following criteria:

• their family gets one of the following:

• Income Support

• income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

• Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

• Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

• Universal Credit – For places starting in the summer term of 2018 (on or after 1st April 2018), or any subsequent term, if a parent is entitled to Universal Credit they must have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £7,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.  

Further guidance on checking eligibility is set out below.

• they are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales

• they have left care in England or Wales through:

• an adoption order

• a special guardianship order

• a child arrangements order

If a child qualifies for EYPP under more than one set of criteria they will only attract the funding once.

Note: Children claiming the 30 hours offer are not eligible. 

 Identifying eligible children

Early years providers are ultimately responsible for identifying eligible children, so that local authorities can provide the appropriate funding. Providers should be encouraged to speak to parents to find out who is eligible for EYPP funding, especially to the parents of children who took up the early education entitlement for two-year olds as many of these children will attract EYPP when they turn three.


Last Updated 29/11/2022

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