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SEND Funding for Early Years Childcare Providers - WNC

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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding available for investment in improving outcomes for children. It is used to improve the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of your child.

All children aged 3 and 4 who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. It will be paid to the early years provider on an hourly rate basis, linked to claimed funded hours for eligible children.

The annual value for a 15-hour place over a full year will be just over £300 or 62p per hour.

Is my child eligible for early years pupil premium?

Your child may be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving government-funded childcare entitlements in any Ofsted registered childcare provider and if you are in receipt of one or more of the benefits used to access eligibility for Free School Meals:

  • Universal Credit
  • 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 you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income below £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid over 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working
  • Tax Credit

You also qualify if you:

  • have been looked after by the Local Authority for at least one day
  • were adopted from care in the Local Authority
  • have left care through Special Guardianship; and subject to a Child Arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as Residence Orders) in Northamptonshire

How can I check if my child qualifies for the early year’s pupil premium?

If you think your child qualifies for the early years pupil premium, please speak to your childcare provider.

The provider will submit your details with your permission, so they can put in a claim.

Targeted SEND Funding

Targeted SEND Funding is intended to provide the most appropriate support package for children with special educational needs and disabilities in a range of settings, taking account of parental choice.

The key principles for the funding of higher needs pupils are:

  • Funding for high needs provision is to be arranged on an equivalent basis across
  • different types of providers, including maintained or academy schools
  • This includes pupils and students with high needs in the school or academy, further
  • education and alternative provision sectors
  • How to apply for Targeted SEND Funding
  • To make an application for Targeted SEND Funding, please use the link

Please note the child must be attending a funded place at the time of application.

What happens next?

The Early Years Targeted SEND funding Panel meets monthly. They will consider applications from education providers for high needs funding for children without a statement or education, health and care plan (EHCP). Each application is discussed to determine whether the child meets high needs criteria in line with the SEN Ranges descriptors.

  • Brackley Area
  • Daventry Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 0 to 5 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Eligibility criteria
Provider category
  • Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support
  • Targeted Services - Additional Support Needs


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United Kingdom


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Last updated 02 April 2024