Early Years Pupil Premium

Information about the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP), introduced on 1st April 2015, and how to claim EYPP in Milton Keynes.

Early years providers should use this additional funding to improve the quality of education for disadvantaged children. To support providers the Early Years Toolkit is available here and EYPP case studies can be reviewed here. For further EYPP information please visit the Early Education website.

An early years provider is any organisation that offers education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.


Three and four year-olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • their family gets one of the following:
    • Income support
    • income-based Jobseekers 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’re 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 four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit

Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. 

Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn three. Details of the dates when children become eligible can be found here.

Please note that four year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

Providers can download a copy of the poster (PDF, 197KB) to share with parents and carers. Our Early Years Pupil Premium Provider Guidance page offers you guidance on EYPP and how to claim the funding.

Last Updated: 19 November 2021