We are extremely fortunate in New Zealand where home education is legal.
A child must be registered in a school from age six, so if a family wishes to homeschool, they need to go to the Ministry of Education website and complete the Home Education Application form before the child turns six.
When the Ministry have approved your application then you are free to legally home educate your child.
If you have an older child (6-16 years) currently attending a registered school, you are able to withdraw (un enrol) your child from their school if you choose to begin homeschooling after you have been approved for an exemption. The process takes 4-6 weeks for approval and your child is legally required remain at school during this time.
You do not require anyone’s permission to do this, you are legally allowed to home educate your child as long as you meet the Ministry guidelines. The Ministry will contact the school to speak with them regarding your child’s educational progress as part of the application approval process.
In New Zealand you have to prove to the Ministry of Education that you are able to educate your child as regularly and as well as a registered school. You do not have to follow the national curriculum, but you do have to prove that the end outcome will be a child that is educated to Ministry requirements. The link below will take you to the Ministry website.
Ministry of Education Requirements
Below are a selection of the types of questions you will be asked to answer by the Ministry in your application for homeschooling. The government produces a guide to assist you in answering these questions and there are a number of homeschooling Facebook groups and advisors providing guides to assist you with completing this application. Here at Functional Education, because we are providing you with a comprehensive education program which consists of all the lessons and planning to meet New Zealand curriculum standards, we are able to provide you with an application form to go directly to the Ministry of Education for you to request an exemption.
How will you meet the requirement to teach at least as well as a registered school?
What resources do you intend to use?
What are your educational goals for your child?
What is your vision, your goals for your child’s long term educational achievement?
Provide details of projects or topic plans and how you plan on delivering the learning
How will you meet the requirement to teach as regularly as a registered school?
These might seem like big questions to answer but the beauty of using Functional Education is that we've already thought of all these questions and are setup to help you answer them easily. When you choose Functional Education, we can help you work through the exemption process and you can be sure that you're providing a comprehensive learning experience for you children.
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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.
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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...
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.