There are no formal qualifications required to be able to home educate your child.
If you are the legal guardian of a child aged between 6-16 years, and you can prove to the Ministry of Education that you are able to deliver an education to your child that will educate them as regularly and as well as a registered school could, then you are welcome to apply for an exemption to educate them at home.
It is up to the individual family to decide how long they wish to home educate their child for. If obtaining a formal qualification is important for your family for your teenage child then there are a number of organisations catering for older homeschool children to obtain qualifications:
A child who completes the Functional Education program, has been academically prepared to be able to enter a registered Secondary school in New Zealand at Year 11 level ready to commence NCEA Level 1 studies.
Up to 2 hours of lessons a day, plus hands on activities means you can easily give your child a quality education at home.View Course Overview
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Educating your children at home, as opposed to sending your children out to a school each day, can in either situation be the best thing that ever happened to them or the worst. There are some key aspects that need to be considered before you decide to homeschool your children if you are wanting it to be a successful endeavour.
Our approach takes the best of Waldorf Steiner, Montessori and enquiry teaching methods. Waldorf and Montessori schools have been around for over one hundred years. There are more than 2000 schools world-wide operating in over 200 countries.
Hello, I’m Francean. Teacher, mother, wife, and principal at Functional Education. After years of study and a career in Hydrology and Coastal engineering at a large Hydro-Power company, I began my teaching journey as a Science teacher in a state school, then moved into the Waldorf Steiner field of education. It has been over a decade now that I have been privileged enough to spend my day in art and music and living in a world of storytelling and wonder.
Homeschooling or home education is an extremely viable option today. It is becoming more popular and by Ministry statistics, there are now 41,000 students choosing be educated outside of a standard mainstream classroom environment here in NZ and Australia.
There are lots of reasons that families decide to homeschool their children. They may have perfectly good access to adequate public or private schools in their local area and still make the decision to educate their children at home.
Find out all the legal obligations you need to know before choosing to homeschool your child in New Zealand
Many resources can be homemade and cost practically nothing, particularly if fashioned from recycled materials.
How many hours do you and your child want to spend on learning? When you're homeschooling, you call the shots.
The length of time you are planning on homeschooling needs to be carefully thought out and planned.