Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)


Comet were the National Early Years Pupil Premium Award Winners 2017

Natural Explorers – A provision that is focused around the natural world encompassing ideas from The Forest School approach, gardening and scientific enquiry.


Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) was introduced for 3 and 4 year old children in nursery since April 2015. We receive extra funding of £302 per year for our eligible children. It has been put in place by the Government to support “disadvantaged” children and narrow the gap between children in receipt of EYPP and those than are not, therefore providing more targeted work.

We know that many of the young children who are eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium enter nursery provision at the early stages of language development. Children who attend Comet enter at an average of 22-36mths, which is below age related expectations and this follows the national picture.

At Comet our pedagogical approach coupled with our knowledgeable and experienced practitioners promotes a rich, stimulating and challenging environment conducive to young children’s learning. Furthermore this provision supports and extends children’s thinking and learning within our urban environment, building their social and cultural capital, and narrowing the gap between children in receipt of EYPP and those that are not.


The prime areas of learning – Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and Physical development along with the area of Understanding of the World underpin this programme and the children’s learning and development. We also focus on developing children’s self-regulation and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Forest School Ethos

Taking ideas from The Forest School approach we give children opportunities that enable them to experience the natural world at first hand. This involves development of children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and allows them to take risks through activities such as building fires, outdoor cooking, using tools and exploring additional outdoor environments.


Working alongside a project with families in the Children’s Centre we are developing a new garden where children can learn about planting and growing, creating an edible garden. In addition we are exploring ways to link to projects in the local community.

Scientific Enquiry

Building on the research carried out by the University of East London and the Children’s Centre team we provide a broad range of experiences to stimulate and promote scientific enquiry in the outdoor area. The threads of these experiences are woven throughout our work around Forest Schools and gardening.

Impact and Outcomes

The aim of this provision is that children develop across the breadth of the curriculum, making substantive progress in their learning and achievements.

The evidence demonstrates that children receiving the Early Years Pupil Premium make major progress in closing the gap between the EYPP and non- EYPP children so that there is now no significant difference in attainment. 

Monitoring, Assessment and Evidence
  • Termly pupil progress and data analysis
  • Regular cohort monitoring
  • Robust monitoring of assessments such as Special Books, Learning Stories and key worker files
  • Case studies/displays of work
  • Parent questionnaires
  • Observations of practitioners and learning walks
  • Governor monitoring
  • ECAT toolkit (Every Child a Talker)
  • EYPP file

What we are doing to support this programme

  • Staff training – Forest Schools, Sustained Shared thinking, Creativity and Critical Thinking
  • Employing a gardener to work with children and families
  • Networking with other providers
  • Leadership of the provision - SLT lead strategic development, class teachers lead planning and development
  • Involving parents in activities, outings and their children’s progress
  • Development of home learning

Links to other work

  • Parents Talking Everyday Science in the Children’s Centre project – UEL and Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
  • Children’s Centre gardening and healthy eating project with Made in Hackney
  • Health, well-being and obesity

 Early Years Pupil Premium Funding at Comet Nursery School

Financial Year         

EYFS Pupil Premium Amount (£302 per child)           


Number of EYPP children  










Current funding is allocated to the following:


Additional hours to release experienced staff for teacher-led activities.

Forest School Leader training and weekly sessions

Employing an external gardener for gardening sessions


Costs for taking children on outings.

Trips to galleries, parks, restaurants, museums.

Travel and food costs, supporting parents to attend.

Forest School and gardening resources.