Annal Nayyar reports on New funding will help most disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds

Schools, nurseries and childminders will be given up to £300 for every 3- and 4-year-old from a low-income family to help prevent them falling behind before they have even started school, the government has set out today (23 October 2014).

The early years pupil premium, totalling £50 million, is designed to narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers, setting them on a path to a more successful future.

In a response to an early years pupil premium and funding for 2-year-olds consultation published today, the government has also announced that 7 areas will share a £1 million pot to trial the new support ahead of its introduction nationwide next April.


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