Homeschooling can be done on a shoe string or by spending many thousands of dollars a year in activities and multiple curriculums.
Unlike Australia, the government in New Zealand allows a certain amount per student, per year for homeschoolers.
This money is able to be spent on either resources, specialist teachers or training programs to enhance learning. The current rates of assistance in New Zealand are:
- $743 for the first child
- $632 for the second child
- $521 for the third child
- $372 for each one after that
This is paid in two instalments each year. You'll receive a declaration to be signed every six months stating that you have been in a supervisory role of education, and the money is paid directly to your bank account upon receipt of the declaration. There's some debate over the cost of homeschooling and it varies so wildly from family to family that it's nearly impossible to say what it costs in total.
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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.
There are no formal qualifications required to be able to home educate your child, but there are some important things you must know...
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.