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:

Home Education Foundation

National Council of Home Educators New Zealand

Homeschooling Review - Parent Feedback

We are currently seeking feedback from parents/caregivers who are home educating their children to understand what is working well and what could be improved. The feedback letter and form was emailed to those home educators that we have current email addresses for on 5 September 2014. The form can also be downloaded by clicking on the below link. Feedback closes on 3 October 2014. The Ministry will then collate the feedback and provide homeschoolers with a copy of this information and the next steps by 30 November 2014.

The feedback form is intended as a guide; feedback can be provided in any form via

For any queries please email or phone 04 463 8946.

Feedback Letter  [PDF; 242Kb]
Feedback Form  [Word; 56.5Kb]
Extra information about the feedback process [Word; 12.9Kb]

Content last updated: 30 September 2014