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As you know, the Department for Education consulted in May and June 2012 on proposals to revise arrangements for exemptions from the EYFS learning and development requirements. The proposals included introducing a new route for good quality independent schools, as well as maintaining a more streamlined ‘established principles’ route. Minsters have decided to proceed with the new arrangements.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Exemptions from Learning and Development Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 provide the legal force for these changes. They have been laid in Parliament and will come into force on 26 October 2012. The Department has published guidance on the new arrangements and the Government Response to the summer consultation. You can find the regulations, the guidance and the Government response on the Department’s website.

Please note that providers who were granted exemptions under the 2008 EYFS framework and who would like to be exempt from all or any aspect of the learning and development requirements under the new 2012 EYFS framework will need to seek a new exemption. This is because exemptions granted in respect of the 2008 EYFS expired on 1 September 2012.

No directions for exemption can be issued by the Secretary of State until after the amendment regulations come into force in October. The Department is, however, happy to receive any applications or notifications in advance of that date.

If you have any further queries with regards to the revised exemptions, please email your query to the EYFS Team at Exemptions.EYFS@education.gsi.gov.uk

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