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Early Years Pupil Premium announced

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 said:

 “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.

25/06/2014