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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent guidance his Department has issued to early years settings on children learning through free play. (250968)

The early years foundation stage is based on facilitating development and learning through play. Alongside the “Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage” published in March 2007, we issued a package of materials comprising “Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage”. This guidance contains advice and additional information for practitioners on how to implement the learning and development requirements of the early years foundation stage through play. The guidance includes a CD-ROM which directs providers to a range of additional information and provides examples of effective practice.

The National Strategies have also published a range of additional guidance on the areas of learning within the EYFS which must be delivered through planned and purposeful play.