EYFS learning and development requirements: exemptions for providers

What early years providers and independent schools must do to be exempt from some aspects of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).

Applies to England



The early years foundation stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children from birth to age 5 develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Registered independent schools can apply to be exempt from the learning and development requirements of the EYFS. Providers can also apply for exemptions in cases where their established principles are in conflict with the EYFS requirements.

This guidance explains the process for providers seeking exemptions from the learning and development requirements of the EYFS. It also outlines the conditions which must be met before exemptions will be granted.

Published 1 October 2012
Last updated 28 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated links to current regulations and other guidance documents. The exemptions guidance has not changed the application of exemptions.

  2. First published.