The Government have today announced the introduction of a
£50m Early Years Pupil Premium to support early
years settings in caring for disadvantaged three- and
four-year-olds, in order to close the attainment gap between
children from low and higher income families.
Commenting on the new fund, PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram
“PACEY welcomes the Government’s move to extend the
Pupil Premium into the early years so that nurseries, schools and
childminders can better support disadvantaged three and four year
olds. Key will be to ensure the level of funding is enough to
support registered providers to invest in the training and quality
improvement that we know works best to support improved outcomes
for young children. Most childcare settings do not currently
receive the level of funding they need to cover the cost of their
delivery of the free entitlement. This Early Years Pupil Premium
will be less than the Pupil Premium that schools receive.
Additionally, many childminders find that local authorities do not
recognise the role they can play in the delivery of free early
education to 2,3 and 4 year olds.
So whilst this is good news, it is the
starting point and PACEY will be looking to work with government to
ensure funding issues are addressed; all types of provision are
included in delivery and, underpinning all of this, that eligible
families are aware of the additional funding and support their
children can benefit from, regardless of what type of childcare
setting they attend.”
The Government have issued a
consultation on the Early Years Pupil Premium to
which PACEY will be responding. The consultation closes on 22
August 2014, and we recommend that members also respond to
ensure their views are heard.