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Pre-School Education

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons parents will be permitted to exempt their children from the early years foundation stage; and what assessment he has made of the effects of such exemptions on the delivery of early years education. (205421)

It is our intention to allow settings to grant exemptions from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning and development requirements to individual children, where parents can show that the requirements are in conflict with their religious or philosophical beliefs. We anticipate that such exemptions will be needed in only exceptional circumstances, given the breadth and flexibility within the EYFS requirements. It is already the case that good providers of early learning and child care will tailor their provision to suit each individual child that they work with, including taking into account the views of parents, and we expect that they will continue to do so when the EYFS comes into force.