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Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding available for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. In Lincolnshire this is an extra 53p per hour on top of the universal funding for 3 and 4 year olds, for children whose parents/carers are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. 

Early Years Pupil Premium is used to enhance the quality of education we provide for your child.  We have used it to fund external courses for staff to increase their knowledge and skills in supporting speech and language, such as using Makaton with all children. Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.  

We have used EYPP to fund weekly music and dance lessons for all children, with a specialist music teacher. Unfortunately, due to Covid, these sessions had to stop, but we are looking at re-starting them when it's safe to do so in the future. 

We have also used EYPP to take children on trips out to Rand Farm Park, to experience a working farm and further develop their vocabulary and language skills. 

During the National Lockdowns in 2020 we used EYPP to provide additional staff so we could keep our children safe in separate bubbles and provide high quality teaching input, particularly in speaking and listening. 

This year, 2021, we are aiming to use EYPP to continue to support children's communication and language development with enhanced staffing and additional resources, such as new books and games. We are hoping to take the children to Rand Farm Park at Christmas too, Covid permitting!