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Pre-School Education

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how frequently early years settings must apply for exemption from the early years foundation stage to sustain exempted status; (251044)

(2) how many early years settings have applied for an exemption from the early years foundation stage in the last 12 months.

Providers can only apply for exemptions from the learning and development requirements of the EYFS (not the welfare requirements). Exemptions are time limited and vary between one and two years depending on the type of exemption granted. Further guidance on the exemption process and types of exemptions that can be applied are available on the QCA website. Since the introduction of the process in September 2008, one application for exemption has recently been received by the QCA.