Early Years Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2015. It is additional funding of 53 pence her hour for schools to support their most disadvantaged children (those in care, those who have been adopted from care and those whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits).
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said:
'I'm delighted we are helping the most disadvantaged children access high-quality early education, giving them the best possible start in life. The early years pupil premium gives money to providers so they can make sure eligible children have the best possible outcomes when they start school and beyond. The early years count and it will be life-changing for many of these children. I would encourage any parent who meets the criteria to let a local provider know, so that their child can get the right support as the right time.'
Schools Minister David Law said:
'Every child should be able to reach their full potential, no matter what their background. The pupil premium is already helping to build a fairer society with opportunities for everyone. The extension of the pupil premium to early years will give toddlers from the poorest families the support they need to develop and learn at this important early stage. This additional funding will ensure providers have the resources to give all children the best possible start in life.'