Implementing a Change Personal Statement

Implementing a Change
Personal Statement

For the past twelve years, I have been both owner and manager of Playhouse Pre-school. A larger than average setting, we currently have 14 staff and 104 children on register. As a manager of a small business I have many roles and responsibilities. A major part of this is keeping up with legislation changes and ensuring the setting is run in accordance to current legal requirement.   The past few years have seen a vast number of changes within early years. The government has allocated large sums of money to early education, with the intention of raising the standard. This has meant we have had to adapt to accommodate and implement changes, to ensure we not only meet current requirement but excel it.

One of the most welcome changes has been the introduction of the ‘Early Years Pupil Premium’ commonly known as EYPP in September 2015. The EYPP is Government funding costing in the region of 50 million pounds spread over 2015 and 2016, it is given directly to early years settings who are delivering the funding entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds. The funding equates to around £300 extra per child per year, for disadvantaged children who meet the eligibility criteria which is income based.

EYPP was first announced as a possibility early 2014, at which time it went to consultation. The results at that time called ‘Early years pupil premium and funding for 2-year-olds: government response’ was published in October 2014. It was soon decided that funding two year olds was economically viable. However, funding for eligible three and four years would go ahead from April 1st 2015.

From the onset settings received little guidance as to how this money was to be spent. Our only brief was to ensure the £300 spilt over three terms, was used to benefit the individual child. I myself as manager had a number of meetings with my Management team, especially my Inclusion officer as to how we could best support those children eligible...