Early years pupil premium This is additional funding for early education providers to support the education of disadvantaged 3 and 4 year old children. To find out who qualifies, see early years pupil premium eligibility criteria. It is paid at the national rate of 53p per hour for eligible children claiming a free place. It is only payable for the universal 15 hours per week. This means providers will receive £302.10 per year for each eligible child who takes up their universal hours. Eligibility checks and payments We will check each child's eligibility against the economic criteria using the parent’s national insurance number, date of birth and surname. This information is collected on the Early Years Parent Declaration Form that parents are required to complete to claim their free place. Providers do not have to do these checks. An initial eligibility check is carried out when the child starts their funded 3 and 4 year old place. An annual check will then be completed at the start of every academic year. For private providers, funding due for the term will be paid with the claim payment. For schools, funding due will be paid through the monthly adjustments system. Care leavers Children who have left care through an adoption order, special guardianship order or child arrangements order qualify for early years pupil premium. For these children, providers should request a copy of the evidence to support this and email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm they have seen the evidence. These children will then be included in your payment. Looked after children For these children, the additional funding is paid to the Trafford Virtual School for looked after children. It will be passed on to providers through the Personal Education Plan (PEP) process. Spending early years pupil premium The additional funding needs to be spent to meet the individual needs of your children, their families and your setting. You will need to demonstrate to Ofsted which children were eligible for the funding, how you have spent it and how it has benefited your setting. Ofsted inspections will report on whether it has been spent effectively. There is an early years pupil premium toolkit on the early education website.