Homeschooling NSW Australia

Homeschooling regulations differ from state to state in Australia.

We are starting to gather information and gain a better understanding of the process for registeration and homeschooling in NSW.

What is homeschooling?

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

According to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA):

Homeschooling 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 homeschooling mean to us?

We see homeschooling 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. 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 homeschooling in NSW?

Legal requirements in NSW

According to the NESA:

Parents or guardians who are homeschooling 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 homeschooling 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 homeschooling during the compulsory years of schooling.

In NSW the compulsory years of schooling are from the age of 6 years. Therefore we will not need to officially register for homeschooling until our daughter’s 6th birthday.

It is important to note here however that it can take up to 3 months for the application process to be completed. Consequently we will aim to submit 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 homeschooling. 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 homeschooling, finding our rhythm, researching and learning all there is to learn about homeschooling. 

And most importantly have fun along the way!