September 27, 2023

How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Update 5/10/12: Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds

Update 04/09/14 Beneficiaries:



Many people  are aware of these new social obligations which will be coming into effect July 2013 and are asking the question “How will this effect my home schooling?”

The main concerns are:

Social obligations require all beneficiary parents to ensure their children:

  • attend 15 hours a week Early Childhood Education (ECE) from age 3
  • attend school from age five or six

(Update: ECE means an approved  and registered facility)

My understanding at the moment is that you could be doing studies and still getting your benefit. We need to check to see if this will still be the case once this new law comes into place in July 2013. We are also in the process of finding out how you can be exempt from sending your children, from age three, to ECE or what that involves.

Some links:

and especially this link which covers all situations:

4. Exemption from work test obligations: all work-tested beneficiaries

1(1) Any beneficiary to whom the work test applies may apply under section 105 of the Act to be exempted from some or all of his or her work test obligations, on any ground specified in subclause (2).(2) A person described in subclause (1) may be granted an exemption from the work test on the grounds that-

(cb) the person is engaged in full-time study of a kind approved by the chief executive;

(Update: unofficially I have heard that home educators are able to do part-time study)

5. Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested spouses or partners

6. Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested sole parents

7. Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested domestic purposes beneficiaries

8. Exemption from work test obligations: work-tested sickness beneficiaries

Background information:

Supporting vulnerable children

Interventions for Target Student Groups

Every child thrives, belongs, achieves

Interesting Facts taken from the above link:

  • From available national statistics we know that 2,498 children (about five per cent) entering school in 2010 had not participated in early childhood education.
  • Over 30,000 students are truant from schools on any given day
  • 7,342 school leavers left with no qualification in 2009

Timeline for changes:

Update 15/9/12 Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?


From the Smiths:

Updated 11 September 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:


This link is motivational:



  1. I am so worried about this. I am a home schooling Mum of two children. I earn a little extra money doing some writing but are the government saying I will have to send my child to school and early child care to continue to receive help?

    Please help this very, very worried single Mum

  2. Yes Kate, correct the Government are saying you need to put your Children in a School and look for a job or you may be able to do some study.

    But you must have your children in School. If you don’t want to put your Children in School, then move out of New Zealand.

    Why should we have to pay high Tax so you can be on a Benefit to home school your Children, when there a prefectly fine Schools in the country.

    In short GET A JOB

  3. Why Meadow? because Kate wants to be a full time mother to her children. She did not choose to be a single Mum. I did not choose to be a single Mum. My husband died while I still have 3 young children. We are saving the Government money. It costs the Government less to give beneficiaries a benefit to home educate their children then it does to give money to a school for those same children.

    At anytime anyone could become a beneficiary. Why should the law be different for beneficiaries than it is for the rest of the population?