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Creationism and Evolution: Pre-school Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 203123, tabled on 30 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 10 April 2014, Official Report, column 555W, on creationism, what mechanisms his Department has put in place to ensure that the Government's position on creationism and evolution is supported by learning establishments in receipt of funding through the scheme to provide 15 hours per week of free nursery provision; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

21 July 2014

The decision to fund a provider for early education places is based on the inspection judgement that they receive from Ofsted, or an Ofsted-approved inspectorate. Inspectors will consider whether adults challenge children to think and find out more by encouraging them to speculate and test ideas. Where an Ofsted inspector identifies any concerns, they must notify Ofsted’s compliance, investigation and enforcement team, who will consider notifying the appropriate agencies.

The teaching of creationism and evolution in nurseries was identified by respondents as an issue in the Government’s recent consultation on childminder agencies and the role of local authorities in early education and childcare. The Government is considering these responses.