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Blagdon Nursery School

Early Years Pupil Premium

What is it?

From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.

National data and research tells us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium is designed to provide us with extra funding to close this gap; as well as to support children who may be entitled to the funding because of other circumstances, e.g. if they have been adopted.

How many children are eligible?

The number of eligible children changes each term as new children join the school.  During 2018-2019, 24% children were eligible for pupil premium. During 2019- 2020, 34 children (27%) were eligible for pupil premium.

How much funding have we received ?

2017 - 2018

We have received £9,786.45

2018 - 2019

We have received : £14,925

How is the funding used?

  • To employ a speech and language assistant to work weekly within the nursery to support children’s language development.
  • To provide toast to children ensuring no child is hungry at nursery and is able to concentrate and focus on their learning.
  • To purchase additional resources including some additional maths resources.
  • Additional staff to accompany the children on local visits within the community and to support transition visits to Primary schools.
  • To provide additional opportunities to broaden children's experiences and upskill staff, e.g. mini professors, yoga and meditation.

Pupil Premium Strategy.

The numbers of children eligible each year are likely to fluctuate, possibly increasing each term as new children join the school. We continually review our strategy against the needs of the children and the funding available to us. The Strategy for 2020-2021 can be found below alongside the impact tracker for 2019-2020