Home schooling regulations differ from state to state in Australia. In this post we will be looking at home schooling in NSW Australia, as we start to gather our information and understanding of what the process is for registering and home schooling in NSW.

What is home schooling?

Under the Education Act 1990 home schooling is education delivered in a child’s home by a parent or guardian.

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA):

Home schooling allows a parent or guardian to integrate the NSW curriculum with the learning processes that occur naturally in the home throughout a child’s development.

What does home schooling mean to us?

We see home schooling as an opportunity to support our daughter through her early years of learning (and possibly further) in an environment we know she will be more comfortable and willing to learn in. An environment where she feels safe, supported and free to follow her own interests and learning at her own pace without unnecessary pressures or limitations imposed on her.

She is showing no interest in starting school, we have talked about it with her, but she is adamant she doesn’t want to go to big school. Even with some of her friends and family starting preschool and kindergarten this year and expressing their excitement to her about going to school, she has no interest in going herself. She has attended daycare and preschool previously, so she knows what she is saying no to.

So what are the legal requirements for home schooling in NSW?

Legal requirements in NSW

According to the NESA:

Parents or guardians who are home schooling a child are responsible for developing and implementing their child’s educational program and assessing their child’s program. Registration with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is a legal requirement for home schooling while a child is of compulsory school age and not enrolled in a school.

So when do we legally need to register?

According to NESA, children are eligible to be registered for home schooling during the compulsory years of schooling.

In NSW, the compulsory years of schooling are from the age of 6 years, so we will not need to officially register for home schooling until MissE has her 6th birthday.

It is important to note here however that it can take up to 3 months for the application process to be completed, so it is best if we submitted our application at least 3 months prior to her 6th birthday.

Initial registration

According to the NESA home education information pack:

A parent does not need formal teacher training or teaching experience for his or her child to be registered for home schooling. To be eligible for initial registration, an applicant must demonstrate a capacity to plan and provide for the educational needs of the child. This is demonstrated by providing evidence that the requirements for registration, as stated above, would be met if registration was granted.

This all seems pretty straight forward, just a lot of researching, planning and getting organised. So, my initial plan going forward, until we officially need to register, is to continue practicing our home schooling, finding our rhythm, researching and learning all there is to learn about home schooling and most importantly, having some fun along the way!

Do you have any suggestions on what to focus on in preparation for getting our initial application in and preparing ourselves for our first year of home schooling for primary education (kindergarten to year 6)? If so, please let us know in the comments below.