Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)


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) has been introduced for 3 and 4 year old children in nursery since April 2015. Settings will benefit from extra funding (53p per child per hour) and builds on the already established pupil premium in schools which was introduced in 2011. 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 will promote a rich, stimulating and challenging environment conducive to young children’s learning. Furthermore this provision will support and extend children’s thinking and learning within our urban environment and narrow 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 will underpin this programme and the children’s learning and development. We will also focus on children’s self-regulation and the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Forest School Ethos

Taking ideas from The Forest School approach we will give children opportunities that enable them to experience the natural world at first hand. This will involve development of children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and will allow 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 will develop a new garden where children can learn about planting and growing. The focus on this will be on creating an edible garden. In addition we will explore how this can be linked to projects in the local community.

Scientific Enquiry

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

Impact and Outcomes

The aim of this provision is that children develop age appropriate speech, language and communication skills that enable them access the breadth of the curriculum and make substantive progress in their learning and achievements.

Our data/personal information of the children will demonstrate a narrowing of the gap in attainment between the two groups of children particularly within the area of Communication and Language.

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 need to do to support this programme

  • Staff training – Forest Schools, Sustained Shared thinking, Creativity and Critical Thinking

  • External support (gardener)

  • Networking with other providers

  • Leadership of the provision - SLT to lead strategic development, class teacher to lead planning and development

  • Parental involvement and support

  • 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