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What is the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)?

 

The EYPP is a premium available to the childcare provider your child attends for their Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds. The premium will be used to improve the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of your child.

 

Click here to check your eligibility.

 

Early Years Pupil Premium at Pen Green

 

At Pen Green we support all children to achieve their full potential. We see it as our responsibility to ensure we meet the needs of each and every child recognising them as individuals.

 

For those children entitled to Early Years Pupil Premium, we will identify the most appropriate way to use their funding. This will help us to ensure we tailor the support we offer in a way that is most appropriate to meet the needs of each individual child.

 

We think carefully about the most vulnerable families living in our town and we ensure we plan provision for the children that live in these disadvantaged circumstances. We will spend the pupil premium allocation following discussion between staff and parents/carers; we also take in to account observations of the child in the setting and the child’s MCVL assessment data (Making Children’s Learning Visible).

 

We are flexible in our approach, this ensures we are responsive to the particular needs of each child.

 

Our official pupil premium forms part of our equal opportunities policy. Please click here to access our official policy document.

 

 

 

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) – how it works at Pen Green

Every year staff work with parents to ensure that all families who are eligible for the EYPP funding receive the award. This involves a designated member of staff to work with families to complete the on-line checker. The EYPP has been spent directly on the children’s individual needs who are eligible for the funding. By putting interventions in place for these children we have seen a positive impact on their development and this has been monitored through an Individual Action Plan. The impact of the extra support is evaluated at the end of each term when staff complete the assessment tool ‘Making Children’s Learning Visible’ (MCLV). Staff would then plan for the next intervention to support the child to ensure that progress is sustained. Parents are part of this process. As children take up their free entitlement term on term over the year we have seen an increase in the take up of the funding.

 

The impact of the EYPP is measured on a termly basis alongside children’s assessment. The staff will have the evidence generated by the MCLV assessment data and use the funding effectively to improve the outcomes for the children. They will meet each term to discuss and review how the money is best spent for the benefit of the children.

 

There are many factors that are barriers for educational achievement for some of our eligible children these include:- Poverty, Complex family situations, Looked After Children, Child Protection, Child in Need, Early Help Assessment (EHA), SEND children/Educational Health Care Plan, Parents with SEND, Domestic Violence, Depression, Lone parents not in employment, adopted children, English as an Additional Language (EAL) families.

 

We also acknowledge that the EYPP has had a positive effect on all the children in the same provision.

 

Feedback from parents

 

Sleeping Farm

 

“I am not too sure what you did at the farm with my son, but he has come back and is so chilled out and relaxed…he is like another child.”

 

“My child now does not need her dummy or bottle at night…it’s great”

 

“Going to the Sleeping Farm was scary for me but my child had an amazing time”

 

“I saw the pictures of the children at the farm on Tapestry and it was wonderful”

 

“Charlie loved his trip to the farm and still talks about it now – weeks later! He especially enjoyed feeding the animals, the fairy houses in the woods and doing the monkey bars! Although I missed him so much I am really pleased he was given this opportunity and he had such a great time. Charlie has a lovely relationship with the staff so I knew he was in good hands! He still enjoys looking on Tapestry at his adventures at the farm and talks about what is happening in pictures/videos.”

 

 

Music Man

 

“The Music Man has made my child more interested in music and dancing and being part of a musical group”

 

“My child likes the Music Man Mark very much. He always explains with smiles what he has been doing in the session and is happy when Mark is going to nursery. We think Mark is a good resource for the nursery”

 

“My son loves the Music Man and often talks about him at home. I have lovely video’s and pictures on Tapestry of my child signing with the Music Man. My son likes to copy the music man at home with his own little guitar and has asked me “can I have a big guitar like Mark’s when I get older”

 

 

Comments from staff who have used the EYPP to buy individual resources for the children in their Family Group

 

 

“I used some of the EYPP to buy individual resources to promote a LAC child’s Personal Social and Emotional development. The resources helped to build on the child’s self-esteem and confidence. Since his last assessment I have seen two points of progress in his assessment MCLV”

 

Academic year 2015-2016

Throughout the last academic year the EYPP has been spent on the following interventions:

 

  • Supported places over and above the free entitlement

  • Residential trip to the Sleeping Farm

  • Trips to the Theatre, Science Museum and summer trips

  • Extra sessions over the holidays for the most disadvantaged children and children who will find transition to school difficult

  • Music and movement sessions

  • Parent training

  • Additional hours plus lunches (this is when practitioners make the judgement where the money is spent for the best outcome of the child.

  • Forest School

  • Maple Blocks

  • Resources to support learning and teaching for individuals

     

Academic year 2016-2017

 

Autumn term

The amount of EYPP for the autumn term amounted to £3042.71

Once the children’s assessments have been carried out using Making Children’s Learning Visible (MCLV) in October 2016, staff will plan interventions and calculate how the pupil premium funding will be utilised. This will be based on the needs of the children. In the autumn term the money was used:-

 

  • To promote language and literacy and access to creative arts, children attended a production at the local theatre ‘Stick Man’.

  • Supported places over and above the free entitlement

  • Music sessions 4 times per week

  • Additional hours plus lunches (this is when practitioners make the judgement where the money is spent for the best outcome of the child.)

  • Individual resources for the children in relation to their MCLV progress and based upon their interests

  • Individual resources for children with SEND.

  • Forest School

  • A visit from the Reptile Man.

 

The date of the next review of the schools pupil premium strategy was in November 2016

 

 

Spring term

The predicted amount of EYPP for the spring term amounts to £4030.65

 

Following the children’s assessments using Making Children’s Learning Visible (MCLV) in February, staff plan interventions and calculate how the pupil premium funding will be utilised. This is based on the individual needs of the children. In the spring term the money was spent on:-

 

  • Individual resources have been purchased to support action plans for children who are working below or well below their peers. These resources are based on their interests and cognitive concerns

 

  • Following a successful trip last term to promote language and literacy and access to creative arts we took children a production at the local theatre ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’.

 

  • Funding has also been allocated to help fund offsite visits such as the Sleeping Farm, a residential farm trip and a visit to the Science Museum in London.

  • Music man. The music sessions now happen 5 times a week.

  • Contribution for Play Therapy for 10 sessions

  • Supported places have been funded for children over and above the free entitlement and also for children with SEND over the holiday period when they are term time.

  • Supported lunches for Looked after Children.

  • Supported places over and above the free entitlement

  • Allocated funding to pay for a summer trip to the seaside and a local Fun Park.

  • Extra sessions over the Easter holidays

  • Additional hours plus lunches (this is when practitioners make the judgement where the money is spent for the best outcome of the child.)

  • Individual resources for children who have SEND

  • Forest school

     

 

 

The date of the next review of the schools pupil premium strategy will be in March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families offers outstanding integrated early years services and education for the families of Corby.

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