Lightwater Nursery School, Lightwater Leisure Centre, 

The Avenue, Lightwater, GU18 5YD

Pupil Premium

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Department for Education urges schools and local authorities to encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement.


What is Pupil Premium Grant?

The pupil premium is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) as recorded on the January School Census. Funding is also available to children in care (who have been were looked after continuously for at least six months) and to children whose parents are in the Armed Forces.


How does the nursery spend the grant?

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. We will publish information online to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of how we have used the Premium.


3 and 4-year-olds in funded early education will be eligible for EYPP funding if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • their family gets one of the following:

    • Income Support

    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

    • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

    • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

    • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

    • Child Tax Credit (provided they’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

    • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

    • Universal Credit

  • they have been in local-authority care for one day or more in England or Wales

  • they have been adopted from care in England or Wales

  • they have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales.

Four-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

Children will be eligible from the term after their third birthday, in line with the universal entitlement to free early education for three and four year olds, which they should be taking up.

                                   Pupil Premium Report