Homeschooling is a wonderful alternative to school-based learning for children that lets you be hands-on with your child’s education. When you’re new to educating your child at home, there are many questions about curriculums, materials and more, and that’s why Euka is here to help.
One of the most asked questions is whether parents need qualifications to homeschool their children in Australia, and the quick answer is no. While there are requirements, this isn’t one of them.
We will look at the necessities and if qualifications are beneficial – even though they aren’t required.
What You Need to Know About Homeschooling in Australia
Within Australia, children need to be enrolled in some form of schooling from ages 6 until around 17. Whether this is through traditional classroom-based education, distance education or homeschooling.
Homeschooling in Australia is legal in all states and territories, but each state has different regulations and requirements. So before you start on your homeschooling journey, make sure to familiarise yourself with the homeschooling requirements of where you live.
Now that you know that qualifications aren’t necessary to educate your child from home; let’s look at other questions and regulations that will guide you.
1. Do parents need a teaching background, and is it beneficial?
When it comes to homeschooling, time, effort and perseverance are the most beneficial aspects in providing an excellent and meaningful education. This means that your child is at no disadvantage if you’re not a teacher.
You don’t need knowledge of all things; you may even find yourself learning alongside your children.
Euka provides an individualised way of learning that follows the Australian Curriculum requirements to ensure your child’s education is nothing short of amazing.
2. Registration requirements
When transitioning into homeschooling, a family must meet registration requirements for their state. With Euka, you will have all the help you need to make each part of the process simple.
We recommend using all the resources available to you and following the instructions carefully.
Parents must provide evidence showing they meet the educational requirements to homeschool in that jurisdiction. The registration requires:
- Filling out an application form.
- A written learning plan aligning with your state or territory’s learning outcomes (Euka provides all this)
- Documents to confirm your child’s identity, e.g. birth certificate, passport, citizenship documents.
- Evidence of parental responsibility. e.g. medicare card, your child’s birth certificate, court orders.
3. What does successful homeschooling look like?
Families choose to homeschool for many reasons, one being they believe there is no one-size-fits-all way to teach or learn. For that reason, we believe that successful homeschooling looks like whatever best suits your child’s learning needs.
Essentially there is no right or wrong way to educate at home. With the support of our programs, you choose your style, content and how you want to deliver it to your child.
4. Track your child’s learning and meet the Australian Curriculum
Each state and territory require that learning outcomes are recorded in some form. While each has its own take on it, some of the requirements across most areas include:
- Having a system for recording the progress of your child
- Having sufficient resources to support the learning of your child
- Meeting the core learning requirements of the Australian National Curriculum
- Regularly checking your child’s academic progress
- Submitting a report on your child’s progress
- And more!
With full grade enrolment, we provide an Assessment Pack that contains Term Certificates, a Half Yearly Transcript, a Full year Academic Transcript, Clear work sample reporting documentation and a Grade Completion Certificate. Your Assessment Pack will make reporting a very smooth and simple process.
5. Set a schedule that suits your children’s learning needs
Homeschooling provides awesome flexibility for parents to create any schedule that meets their family’s needs.
There are no requirements to stick to a plan, work at specific times of the day or complete certain tasks by a due date – as long as you meet what is asked of you by your state and territory.
The flexibility of timelines, the ability to take learning outdoors and into the community help make homeschooling what it is – a less rigid way to learn, learning at times that best suit your children and with fewer distractions.
It may feel like less hours are spent engaged in school work, but it is often a more efficient way to learn, which means less time in formalised study.
Support For Homeschooling Families
There are no legal requirements to purchase a homeschooling curriculum program, and many families create their own. However, choosing programs like Euka can offer convenience, expertise and flexibility, allowing you and your child the ability to soak up the many benefits homeschooling has to offer, without needing to worry about the finer details.
Euka does all the preparation work and enables the full exploration of your child’s talents and gifts so they can work at their own pace whilst still meeting your state or territory’s requirements.
Support systems are available to homeschooling families, from online groups to local meet-ups to curriculum-based online programs. The curriculum programs have ready-made future learning opportunities that parents can incorporate into their child’s education.
Give Australian Homeschooling A Try
If you think homeschooling may be right for you and your family, be sure first to check your state or Northern Territory’s homeschooling requirements and seek all the support you need. If you’re wanting to know more about how Euka can help your child thrive, get in contact with our team.