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Early Years Pupil Premium: Guidance for Providers

The Department for Education has published a model form and letter to help providers of early years education identify which children are eligible for the early years pupil premium.

Early years providers are responsible for:

  • identifying which of the children in their care may be eligible for the early years pupil premium (EYPP)
  • passing that information on to their local authority

The form will help providers identify which of the children in their care are eligible for the EYPP. DfE recommends that providers ask all parents and guardians, regardless of family income or circumstances, to complete the form when they enroll their child.

Providers can use the template letter to explain to parents what the EYPP is when they are asked to fill in the form.

The form and letter can be accessed here.


Early Years Pupil Premium: Guide for Local Authorities

The Department for Education has published guidance on how much funding local authorities will receive for the early years pupil premium, and how they should distribute it to early years providers. The guidance can be accessed here.


Extra Funding for Councils to Prepare for EYPP

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced new funding for councils to help them prepare for the introduction of the early years pupil premium. The DfE is giving councils an additional £1.5 million to support the introduction of the early years pupil premium – and they can choose how best to use the money.

Councils may choose to upgrade their IT systems to smooth the transition or use the funding to communicate with their local providers.


Reception Baseline: Guideline for Schools

The Department for Education is introducing a baseline assessment in reception year, the reception baseline, to improve how they measure primary schools’ progress. From 2016, the reception baseline assessment will be the only measure the DfE will use to assess the progress of children who enter reception year. The baseline assessment will score each pupil against the knowledge and understanding typical for children at the start of reception year. It will be linked to the learning and development requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and to the key stage 1 national curriculum in English and mathematics.

The DfE has now published guidelines for head-teachers of primary schools about how to sign up and pay for the new reception baseline assessment which can be accessed here.


DfE £5 Million Funding for Teaching Schools to Work with Nurseries

The Minister for Childcare and Education, Sam Gyimah, has announced funding of £5 million to boost the quality of early years education. The funding will be awarded to more than 60 teaching schools across the country who will partner up with local nurseries to drive up standards and share best practice. The new scheme will enable local nurseries to work with the very best early years teachers and school leaders to increase the quality of early years education in their area.


Funding available for Early Years Teacher training for September 2015 start

Do you have a graduate working in your setting?

National College for Teaching and Leadership are offering £14,000 to train and support a graduate employed in your setting to become an Early Years Teacher.

Funding covers training course fees of up to £7,000, the remaining £7,000 is a contribution for the employer and can be used for supply cover for the trainee and other support costs such as salary enhancement.

Graduates can apply for this funding through accredited ITT providers who deliver Early Years Teacher training across England.

Graduates who successfully complete the training will be awarded Early Years Teacher Status.

Further information on all routes to become an Early Years Teacher, including entry requirements can be found here.


Two-Year Olds in School: Demonstration Project and Case Studies

This report by National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Frontier Economics for the Department for Education details the findings from nearly 50 schools that developed early education provision for two-years-olds. Overall, the evaluation indicates that schools can make an important contribution to offering funded early education opportunities for two-year-olds and within this, to work in partnership with parents and with other early years providers in order to meet the developmental, social and emotional needs of these children. However, it has also identified a range of both enablers and barriers to the development of provision which need to be considered if this aspect of schools provision is to be of high quality and sustainable in the longer-term. The report makes a series of recommendations for schools, for local authorities and for the Department for Education.  An accompanying report, Two-year-olds in schools: a case study of eight schools, identifies lessons learned and good practice in developing and delivering provision for two-year-olds in schools. Findings from eight case study schools indicate that all of the schools had successfully developed and implemented provision.


Ofsted Reforms to Education Inspection

Ofsted consulted on its proposals to have a common inspection framework covering registered early years setting; schools and further education and skills’ providers. Nearly 5,000 people have given their views since then, with the vast majority supporting all of the proposed reforms. The positive response means that these changes can now move forward with a strong endorsement from the public, education professionals, parents, carers and learners. The Common Inspection Framework is designed to ensure a consistent approach to Ofsted inspections. It will focus on keeping young people safe, the breadth of the curriculum in schools, the relevance of courses and training in further education and skills, and the quality of early learning. You can read Ofsted’s response to the consultation here while the full report can be accessed here.


E-Learning Modules from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Launching in March 2015, Information Sharing Matters will be an easily identifiable online learning package on information sharing in the early years, which would be appropriate for and accessible to both early years and health professionals in a range of settings.  Basic information about the programme can be accessed here online.

Disability Matters is a free, innovative online education programme made up of 57 individual sessions of e-learning plus a range of resources to support face-to-face group learning in localities. Funded by Department of Health and developed by a consortium of organisations this programme is freely accessible for anyone working or volunteering with children in the UK. Disability Matters was launched on the 3rd February 2015 and is currently in its implementation phase.

MindEd is a free online education programme to help adults to support wellbeing and identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues. Again, this programme is suitable for all adults with a duty of care for children and young people and also contains material suitable for mental health specialists. Funded by Department of Health and developed by a consortium of organisations. MindEd launched on the 25th March 2014 and it also currently in its implementation phase, with over 12,000 registered users to date.


DfE marketing material for 2 year old offer

DfE has made available marketing material for the 2 year old offer that everyone is free to use. We have reproduced the material below so that everyone can share it freely.