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Early Years Framework

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Steiner Foundation on the Early Years Framework. (167405)

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Association responded to our formal consultation on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) last year. Since then officials have had extensive discussions with representatives from the Steiner Waldorf Schools Association on how the EYFS can support Steiner early childhood best practice. They have also held a conference attended by representatives of most of the Steiner kindergartens at which they explained the Early Years Foundation Stage, listened to the concerns of those present and discussed how the aims of EYFS sit alongside those of the Steiner educational philosophy. The EYFS is a broad framework which does not prescribe any particular teaching approach and as such it has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of philosophies and practices.