EYPP toolkit


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The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.

EYPP is paid to settings three times a year for children identified as eligible through your EYEE headcount.

EYPP guide for local authorities

How to spend the EYPP

The choice of how to spend the EYPP is yours, but this must be based on the needs of the eligible children at your setting. Effective ways to spend the money can include providing professional development for staff teams, paying for extra hours for existing staff to work directly with eligible children, or buying resources to use in the setting or at home to support a specific learning need.  In some settings the EYPP has been spent on employing a new member of staff with a specific expertise or qualification.

Ofsted expectations

Inspectors will look at the progress of children who are identified as eligible for the EYPP. They will ask how the EYPP has impacted positively on children's learning and development, so it is very important to keep accurate records of children's achievements before and after any EYPP project, intervention or initiative that you introduce. You may find it helpful to use the EYPP Evaluation document to help you review the impact of your spending.

National evidence

The Education Endowment Foundation has produced an Early Years Toolkit which is an accessible summary of educational research for early years teaching.

Early Education, the British Association for Early Childhood Education, has a wealth of useful information on the EYPP including some practical tips on allocating EYPP and information about the EYPP Learning Together about Learning (LTAL) project.

Foundation Years have collated examples of best practice and have a range of national case studies.

Below is a selection of ideas and proforma that you may find helpful as you plan for and review your use of EYPP.


EYPP evaluation form - blank
EYPP evaluation form - example

EYPP letter for parents
EYPP form for parents

EYPP poster

Good Practice examples

Case study - growing and planting
Case study - book area
Case study - parent involvement
Case study - access to books

Case study - writing
Case study - writing opportunities
Case study - writing in role-play
Case study - fine motor skills

Early Education guide - Practical tips on allocating EYPP funding

Early reading in the EYFS

EEF - Communication and language approaches
EEF - Early literacy approaches
EEF - Early numeracy approaches

Getting the most out of Early Years Pupil Premium Funding

Impact evaluation - Forest School
Impact evaluation - maths development
Impact evaluation - parent involvement
Impact evaluation - school readiness
Impact evaluation - staffing

Maths activity 1
Maths activity 2
Maths activity 3
Maths activity 4

Ofsted - Foundation Stage Village
Ofsted - staff training

Outdoor learning

Parent Partnership in the EYFS

Unknown children - destined for disadvantage?