Parents and caregivers who wish to educate their child at home must first have approval from their local office of the Ministry of Education.  Under the Education Act 1989 Section 21, a homeschooling applicant must demonstrate that:

  • their child will be taught at least as regularly and well as in a registered school
  • their child, if they would otherwise be likely to need special education, will be taught at least as regularly and well as in a special class or clinic or by a special service.

Please find below the information about homeschooling and documents to assist with a homeschooling application. 

If you are applying for homeschooling please read over the parent information pack below as it outlines the supporting information required with your homeschooling application form.  Once you have completed your application, post it to your nearest Ministry of Education office, contact details are available to download below. If you require any more information or assistance with your application please contact your nearest Ministry of Education office.

Note that if your child has turned 6, and is not yet 16 years old, he or she must be enrolled in and attending a registered school while an application for homeschooling is being processed.

Homeschooling Organisations

For information on some homeschooling organisations which offer advice and support to parents, please refer to the following:

Auckland Home Educators (AHE) 

Home Education Foundation (HEF)

National Council of Home Educators New Zealand (NCHENZ)

Homeschooling Review - Update March 2015

Content last updated: 27 March 2015