EYFS/5-6 Curriculum Statement
THE STATUTORY EYFS & EXEMPTIONS
The Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Birth – 5 years, applies to all settings including ours. It sets out both learning and development requirements and safeguarding and welfare requirements for children from birth to 31 August following their fifth birthday. You can also find a Parent’s guide to the EYFS on the government website
Early Years Foundation Stage
The Department for Education granted us some ‘Exemptions and Modifications’ to the EYFS Learning and Development requirements and Assessment regulations under the ‘Established Principles’ route for Steiner Waldorf settings. These are mostly to do with the introduction and in some cases formal teaching of reading, writing, mathematics and use of IT/media and electronic items. There is no exemption from the safeguarding and welfare requirements. (See list of Exemptions and Modifications in the kindergarten).
Children over 5 are of statutory school age, and should be in full time education (23 hours).
We presently offer 4 hours of kindergarten per morning, which means that if they are attending 5 days they get 20 hours per week. As we cannot provide enough hours, we ask all parents of children of compulsory school age to sign a ‘home-school agreement’ which means that they agree to ‘home educate’ their child for the hours which they are not attending kindergarten.