Early Years Pupil Premium

From April 2015 Nursery Schools are able to claim extra government funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children's development, learning and care. The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) provides funding for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly in local authority care but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order.
The extra funding will be used to improve the quality of the early year’s education that we provide for your child. This might include for example, additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.

It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school age children for some time and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.

Therefore we kindly ask all parents and guardians to agree when your child starts Ribblesdale Nursery school to allow us to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium for your child when they are three and four.


At Ribblesdale Nursery School we have high aspirations for all our children and strive to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all our children in order for them to meet their potential. A good early education is the foundation for later success. Early identification of any learning barriers is of paramount importance. Having a clear picture of every child’s starting point and progress enables us to provide targeted, personalised learning to meet every child’s needs in partnership with families and if needed partnership with other agencies.

We aim to ensure progress is sustained and rapid to reduce the attainment gap. We recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are in receipt of EYPP funding and therefore ensure any child who needs additional intervention receives support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Early Years Pupil Premium Funding Allocation 2019-2017


In Autumn Term 2018, 11.85% of pupils were eligible for EYPP. The allocation for the autumn term was £556.50.

In Spring Term 2019, 9.84% of pupils were eligible for EYPP. The allocation for the spring term was £437.25

In Summer Term 2019, 11.04% of pupils are eligible for EYPP. The allocation for the summer term was £723.45

Total: £1717.20

The main barriers to learning are:

  • Based on the end progress data from 2018 school leavers cohort Reading and Writing were areas with less strong progress. (targets to improve progress in literacy have been set for EYPP children in School Improvement Priority)
  • Based on entry attainment data in Autumn 2018 the areas needing additional support are Early Communication, Reading, PSED and Health and Self-Care.

In order to address these barriers, the additional funding will be used for:

  • WELLCOMM assessment (speech and language)
  • Speech and Language intervention groups (Bubble Bear, Ginger Bear and Attention Autism.)
  • Tatty Bumpkin to support development in PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development), and physical development.
  • Tapestry to establish and maintain strong links with parents.
  • Purchase additional core books to share with parents (home / school link)
  • Forest School
  • Individual targets will be made for each child to ensure individual needs are targeted.

Ribblesdale Nursery School will measure impact of these interventions by:

  • Monitoring and tracking assessment data to ensure appropriate strategies are being used.
  • Using WELLCOMM assessments to monitor and track children’s progress
  • Lead practitioners to monitor progress through observation and monitoring techniques within the main environment, but also in intervention groups.
  • Key Workers to monitor individual children’s progress and set individual targets with parents and discuss individual children’s progress through supervision.
  • Use tapestry to keep observations and scrutinise any gaps in learning.

This strategy is reviewed termly (the next review is 1/09/2019) to address any gaps in learning. As we have such a small cohort of children this academic year the senior leadership team will support key workers to meet individual children’s unique needs and monitor individual children’s progress.

If you have any further questions, please speak to Sue Allan (Head Teacher)


Pupil Premium Progress Data for school leavers 2018

Summer 2018

In Summer Term 2018 we have 10 children who were eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium and received a funding allocation of £1034. This funding has been used to support the Forest School programme and support groups of children to visit the local Wildlife Trust site to participate in Forest School.

Our focus this academic year has been to focus on the children’s self-confidence and self-awareness and improve progress in being imaginative. We have concentrated on improving parental partnership work through using Tapestry, improving being Imaginative through the Helicopter Stories and Tatty Bumpkin also impacting on self-confidence and self-awareness. Forest School has also greatly supported the children to develop their self-confidence and self-awareness. The end of 2017 cohort 25% PP made more than typical progress compared 63% this year demonstrating the impact of the intervention. Also in 2017 47% of children made above expected progress in Being Imaginative compared to 75% for the 2018 cohort.

Spring 2018

We have 9 pupils eligible for EYPP and received a Funding Allocation of £787.05 in funding. This will be used to send 3 practitioners on Helicopter Story training and implement this in the Nursery School.

Autumn 2017

We have 8 pupils eligible for EYPP and received a Funding Allocation of £890.40.This will be used to pay for a Tapestry license and introduce and implement to parents.


Pupil Premium Progress data for school leavers 2017

Summer 2017

We had 12 pupils eligible for EYPP and received a Funding Allocation of £1240.20. This funding was used to support 1 Teacher to undertake development work in Mathematics which was an area EYPP children were making lower progress. This supported an audit of environment, new resources, training and parent information.

Spring 2017

We had 13 pupils eligible for EYPP and received a Funding Allocation of £1136.85. This funding contributed to training staff member in Tatty Bumpkin to begin sessions in school. Tatty Bumpkin builds on the children's development in the prime areas.

Autumn 2016

We had 10 children eligible for EYPP and received a Funding Allocation of £1113. This funding was used to fund 1 Teacher and 1 Teaching Assistant to attend EFYS 'Best Practice in the Early Years', a day with Alistair Bryce-Clegg and release time for a Teacher to plan and train all practitioners to teach Phonics effectively.