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EYPP Policy & Procedures

Langshott Ladybirds Nursery aims to improve the opportunities for children from a wide range of backgrounds. We are an inclusive provision.

The nursery aims to support children to reach or exceed their expected potential. We aim to extend children’s knowledge and promote a challenging and supportive environment for all children in our care.

The Early Years Pupil Premium is a fixed amount paid per hour, to nursery, for children who are already in receipt of the Free Entitlement for Early Education for Three and Four year Olds  and who meet the criteria to register for the EYPP

It will provide the nursery with extra funding to close the gap between those who meet the criteria to register for the EYPP and others who do not.

The funding can be used to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for children at Ladybirds.

Engaging Parents and Carers

The nursery will maintain confidentiality with regard to the EYPP and the voluntary registration.

  • All parents/carers will receive a letter telling them about the EYPP within their welcome pack when their child first starts Ladybirds Nursery. The letter will highlight the benefits for their children and give information regarding the eligibility criteria.
  • Parents/carers will be asked to request a registration form if they think they might be eligible. Up to date copies of the letter will be kept by the nursery manager and can be downloaded from the Surrey cc website.
  • Parents who do not come forward to ask for a letter and whom the nursery management team consider (because of information gathered in the past) may be able to claim , will be approached privately by their key person in order to establish the reason for them not requesting a registration form. This is strictly voluntary, but to ensure that all parents/carers have an equal opportunity, time may be spent in ensuring parents/carers understand the information contained in our letter so we can best support their child in nursery.
On Return of the Completed Forms
  • The nursery manager will establish the criteria which the parent/carer is registering under.
  • If the child is one of the following groups the nursery manager will ask to see the copy of the court order to check that it is correct.
  • Has been adopted from care
  • Has left care through a special guardianship arrangement
  • Is subject to a child arrangement order.

The Free Entitlement team are able to check the eligibility of any children that have been identified as being looked after by the local authority.

  • All forms will be returned to the Free Entitlement Team within the set deadline for the term
  • The form may be sent no more than one term in advance of the child’s eligibility
  • Following the EY team checking the forms, a list of children found to be eligible will be sent to the nursery by post.
  • The EYCS will also inform the parents of the outcome of the check through email or day time telephone number.
  • Payments will be made soon after the end of each term, remittance advice will state EYPP and the amount will be displayed on a separate line. A list is children’s names and amounts paid will be received.
On Return of the Completed Forms

Total claim will be recorded on the nursery business accounts as individual amounts, the money is ring fenced so it will to be clearly recorded.

How much we receive will show clearly, this amount will vary dependant on the children attending each term.

Careful records will be kept of expenditure, items must be recorded separately to ensure we show that any monies received are spent on activities or enrichment that will support the needs of disadvantaged children.

On Return of the Completed Forms

Total claim will be recorded on the nursery business accounts as individual amounts, the money is ring fenced so it will to be clearly recorded.

How much we receive will show clearly, this amount will vary dependant on the children attending each term.

Careful records will be kept of expenditure, items must be recorded separately to ensure we show that any monies received are spent on activities or enrichment that will support the needs of disadvantaged children.

What we Spend the Money on

The amount that the nursery will receive from the EYPP will fluctuate through the academic year.  The amount will be totally dependent on how many children we have on role who are eligible for the EYPP.

Langshott Ladybirds Nursery can choose how we wish to spend the money, but must evidence what works and it must raise the quality of the early years education we have on offer.

The nursery may choose from the items listed or take further ideas from outside professionals and parents/carers.

  • Activity sack to share at nursery and home
  • Staff training on specific subjects
  • Enhanced children’s library for home/nursery sharing
  • Information displays in the setting
  • Home visits for play date
  • Cluster group speaker
  • Singing/story session for parents and their children (Fri pm)
  • Team meetings to discuss support and practice
  • Coffee and a chat with parents to discuss issues around their child with key person
  • Baskets/bags of fun to use in nursery then to send home with child.
  • Key book to go between home and nursery to keep parent up t date with their child’s development and targets for home.

Bags, books and games that are sent home with the child will be lent for a maximum of one week, they will include props, books and a cue card for parents.  The cue card will list ideas of things to say to the child, to promote learning, as they play together.  It will give ways to support the play, and a statement about the learning opportunities the activity and parent can provide.

Parents will be asked for feedback on the items that go home to ensure the nursery is providing equipment that is useful, fun and appropriate for individual children and their families. 

This list is not conclusive. ( further support for ideas about ways to spend the EYPP is attached to the main copy of this policy in the black policy file in the nursery office)

This policy was written following guidance from Surrey County Council ‘Guidance for Early Years providers How to Claim Early Years Pupil Premium’.

To find out more about EYPP go to www.gov.uk and search Early years Pupil Premium or visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/eypp

Policy written March 2015

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