Everything you need to know about exemptions from the EYFS and how to apply.
Exemptions at provider level
Providers of early years education and care may apply for exemptions from the EYFS framework if:
- they are temporarily unable to deliver the full learning and development requirements
- a majority of parents agree with the provider that an exemption should be sought because the established principles of learning and development for young children that govern their practice conflict with EYFS learning and development requirements.
We've developed guidance for provider level exemption applications, and a template letter for consulting parents.
Exemptions cannot be granted from the welfare requirements of the EYFS as these address fundamental issues of child safety.
How to apply
Send us a completed, signed application form. Applications for exemption that don't contain the required information will not normally be considered. Wherever possible, applications should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Exemptions for an individual child
Parents can apply for an exemption to the school that their child attends, if they consider that the learning and development requirements of the EYFS framework (or some element of them) are in conflict with their religious or philosophical beliefs. Download guidance for individual child exemptions.
How to contact the EYFS exemptions team
If you wish to discuss your exemption application or have a query about exemptions, call 0300 303 3010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to submit a postal application, send it to:
EYFS exemptions team - Curriculum group
53-55 Butts Road
Coventry CV1 3BH
Last modified: 28 Oct 2010