Dear Department for Education,

I am requesting information you hold on the following topics...

1) Importance of play for under 8’s
2) Caring for and promoting identity with children from different ethnicitys
3) Issues Men face as Foster Carers (or the primary carer) of girls.

for 1):
I am aware that schools, particularly early years, understand that a child's development is key to them learning through play, and this can actually outline the style of learning a child will adapt to later in life (learn through practical methods, or though theory, reading etc)

as for 2) and 3) I am aware that such a request is clear...

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Department for Education

Dear Mr Pearsall

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0049047

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Pearsall,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 26
July. 
You requested information that the Department holds on:

1)       Importance of play for under 8s

2)       Caring for and promoting identity with children from different
ethnicities

3)       Issues Men face as Foster Carers (or the primary carer) of girls.

I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In order to identify and locate the information that you have asked for I
require some further information from you.   
Firstly, are you interested solely in publicly available documents such as
research and guidance that have been issued by the Department?  There are
a number of these which we would be able to direct you to. 
 
Secondly, and in relation to your question two, are you asking for
information relating to looked after children and children adopted from
care, or for all children?

Finally, in relation to your question three, by using the term “or primary
carer” are you referring to men, other than foster carers, who are single
male parents?

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter.  Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request.    

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0049047. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Tara Whitehorn
Foundation Years
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

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I am requesting information dealing with all children.

1) I do not simply want information you publcly release, but all information held by the DfE. (Otherwise I wouldnt make the request).

2) I am requesting information that is given to schools / families / etc, so i would assume that foster carers information would / should cover this (I am aware that it is against practice for children of different ethnicities to be adopted etc... - and often many children remain in care for the mere fact of ethnicity being different from a prospective adoptive parent. (So surely there is policy guidance refering to this and the importance of IE: a muslim child being taken into a muslim family, or a chinese child into a chinese family... for example.)

Dear Department for Education,

I am requesting information dealing with all children.

1) I do not simply want information you publcly release, but all information held by the DfE. (Otherwise I wouldnt make the request).

2) I am requesting information that is given to schools / families / etc, so i would assume that foster carers information would / should cover this (I am aware that it is against practice for children of different ethnicities to be adopted etc... - and often many children remain in care for the mere fact of ethnicity being different from a prospective adoptive parent. (So surely there is policy guidance refering to this and the importance of IE: a muslim child being taken into a muslim family, or a chinese child into a chinese family... for example.)

3) I am refering to the prospect of a man being left as a single parent after a child's mother is removed from their life unnecessarily... And the obvious difficulties that may arise...
3)a) Policy guidelines on a single person adopting a child may possibly provide sufficient answer to this?

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Dear Department for Education,

if any further clarification is required, do get in touch...

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Department for Education

Dear Mr Pearsall,
Thank you for your email of 2 August in response to my request for further
clarification about your Freedom of Information request. 
Unfortunately, the additional information you have provided is not
sufficiently clear and as a result, it is not possible to determine what
information we could provide you with to meet your request. We are
therefore unable to proceed with this request.  As mentioned previously,
there are documents we could point you too which are publicly available
(such as the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which refers to the
importance of play) but it seems from your email that this is not what you
are looking for.
We would like to be able to assist you further and to do so we would
require a more detailed explanation of the information sought.  It may be
useful if you could explain your request further, or provide us with a bit
of background, so that we can better understand what information would be
most useful for you.  I understand that you may not want to do this on an
open forum like [1]whatdotheyknow.com and therefore you may find it more
appropriate to respond to this email using our contact us page:
[2]https://www.education.gov.uk/help/contac...

Please remember to quote the reference number 2013/0049837 in any future
communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter.  Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request.   

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

 
Yours sincerely,

Tara Whitehorn
Foundation Years
[email address]
[3]www.education.gov.uk

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Dear Department for Education,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Education's handling of my FOI request 'DfE Importance of Play for Under 8s'.

It is clear that the DfE is being very evasive (just like the Home Office are) on very simple, and easily identifyable requests.

I therefore, read your reply of the 9th August as a refusal to give the information and expect an internal review on such refusal.

If you do not provide the information requested, just like the other complaint filed with the ICO Ref FS50506561 I will also forward this complaint onto the ICO for their intervention also.

I am aware that the ICO states that it will expect that a response to an IR to be prompt, you therefore have no more than 20 working days to provide my response to my IR.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

It is very clear the requested scope of information. It is also very clear (as confirmed by the Department of Health in my request to them) that the requested information is held by yourselves. If the DfH can understand my requested information, and your department cannot, DESPITE further information, heaven help us all... considering your department are responsible for educating our children.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Pearsall

Department for Education

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible (where a response is required). For information, the departmental
standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent
within 15 working days or 20 working days if you are requesting
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2013/0050996.
If you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Department for Education
[2]www.education.gov.uk

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Pearsall,
I refer to your request for an internal review, which was received on 9 August. You requested an “internal review of Department for Education’s handling of my FOI request ‘DfE Importance of Play for Under 8s’”.

The Department has now completed its internal appeal process and has carried out a thorough review of the case, chaired by a senior officer who was not involved with the original request.  The Department has
decided that its requests to you for further clarification were reasonable.  The Freedom of Information Act says the requester must reasonably describe the information they are looking for, and that we are allowed
to request further clarification if a request is unclear.  The Department feels that your original request was general and that it was reasonable to seek further clarification.

However, we appreciate that this does not help you in your search for information on these issues.  The Department does not wish to be evasive and we would like to help you.  We are therefore sending some
information to you, which is readily available elsewhere, which we hope will be useful to you.   

1.    Information on the importance of play for under 8s

* Here is a link to the [1]Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards of learning and care for children aged 0-5.  Paragraph 1.9 in particular talks about the importance of planned, purposeful
play.
* Here is a link to [2]Development Matters, non-statutory guidance which supports practitioners in implementing EYFS.
* Here is a link to the [3]Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years project.
* In addition I did a search of recent DfE publications with the word ‘play’ in the title, here is a link to the results:
[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

2.     Caring for and promoting identity with children from different ethnicities

* This topic will be addressed within the broad framework of care planning for looked after children.  I am sending you the links to relevant volumes of statutory guidance.

[5]http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/fil...

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/fil...

[6]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

[7]https://www.education.gov.uk/publication...

* Below is the link to the statutory guidance on the Adoption and Children Act 2002, which is bound to have sections/references to ethnicity.

[8]http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandy...

3.    Issues Men face as Foster Carers (or the primary carer) of girls

Unfortunately the Department does not collect this sort of information.  You may want to try individual local authorities or foster care organisations and charities.

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Most documents produced by a government department or agency  will be protected by Crown Copyright. Most Crown copyright information can be re-used under the Open Government Licence
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Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0050996. If you need to respond to us, please visit: [12]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Tara Whitehorn
Foundation Years
[email address]
[13]www.education.gov.uk

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