May 9, 2021

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

I am getting lots of people contacting me about this. If you have not read anything about this then you can read it here…

Here is one of the questions and others are all similar:

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

Then others are saying that they have received letters from WINZ which say they “must attend” an appointment with a date in the very near future (many on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week) and that if they don’t go to the appointment then their payments may be stopped

I was thinking about this as I lay awake for 3 1/2 hours last night. (A common thing at the moment) I have rung Paula Bennett’s office 3 times now and just got her answer phone at her electorate office. During the initial call I gathered that home educators had not been considered in all this new policy and no-one had any answers. I was told some information which didn’t sound right so I asked for it in writing. I rang the office the next day when I had heard nothing and was told that an email would be sent to me. I rang again on Friday and was told that an email would be sent to me Friday afternoon. It did not arrive Friday afternoon. Paula Bennett’s office is coming up with something for home educators – at this stage we do not know what and they wont let us have any input into it at the moment. I have not been able to talk to the people formulating the policy or whatever they are doing. All I know is that I was meant to be getting an email yesterday afternoon and I did not. So last night I thought that going to any meetings at this stage is pointless especially for people with children in the 3-5 age groups.

So those with children in the 3-5 year age groups should cancel their meetings and make them for the following week – tell them that we are waiting for information from Paula Bennett’s office so it is pointless having a meeting now when things could change for home educators.

For those with children 6 and over and with an exemption you may have to begin doing part-time study with Open Polytech or Massey (extramurally) or with the Invercargill Polytech which I believe is free (or used to be free)

(Update: If parents choose the study option, The Southern Institute of Technology (zero fees) offers distance learning options:
http://www.sit.ac.nz/courses/sit2lrn_study_anywhere_-_distance_learning/)

 

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

I have heard from a number of people that they have been approved doing only part-time study.

I have also heard of others contacting Paula Bennett’s office including NCHENZ.

Another concerning link: Concern about the move to lower the school age to four

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From the Smiths:

https://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 15 September 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

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: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

 

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Many people  are aware of these new social obligations which will be coming into effect July 2013 http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/social-obligations-mean-better-outcomes-children 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:

https://hef.org.nz/2009/home-schooling-and-winz-dpb-in-new-zealand/

http://www.nchenz.org.nz/tag/winz/

http://nchenz.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/national-has-dropped-proposed-changes-to-dpb-work-rules/#comment-14

and especially this link which covers all situations:

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/legislation/regulations/social_security_exemptions_under_section_105_regulations.htm#P35_2108

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

http://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/better-public-services/supporting-vulnerable-children/index.html

Interventions for Target Student Groups

http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/PublicationsAndResources/AnnualReport/AnnualReport11/PartTwo/StatementsOfServicePerformance/DepartmentalOutputExpenseSpecificationsNew/InterventionsTargetStudentGroups.aspx

Every child thrives, belongs, achieves

http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/work-programmes/policy-development/green-paper-vulnerable-children/green-paper-for-vulnerable-children.pdf

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:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7656587/Cost-of-beneficiaries-78b-report

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

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From the Smiths:

https://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

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

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

 

Home Schooling: WINZ & DPB in New Zealand

Update 07/09/14   Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

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Thanks Rose for putting this together for Home educators:

Obligations

Domestic Purposes Benefit clients have the following obligations:

·they must advise of any change in circumstances that affect their entitlement or rate of benefit payable

·if required, they must participate in the Personal Development and Employment planning process, that may include:

– attending interviews

– developing and signing a Person Development and Employment Plan

– taking part in a regular review of their Plan (depending on their individual circumstances)

– showing commitment to the goals they have included in their Plan

·if they are a sole parent, apply for Child Support

Noteclients receiving the Domestic Purposes Benefitcannotbe pressured into taking up or accepting employment.

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/income_support/main_benefits/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents-48.htm

As regards homeschooling, the only reference I could find to that was a work test on an unemployment benefit, however it does not appear that it even needs to be raised, according to the information from the next page I found:

Change in age

A child’s age affects the:

·family tax creditpayableand

·whether or not the child meets the definition of dependent child

Child remains dependent

A child is considered to be a dependent child unless:

·the child is in full-time employment
Note
that generally a child can still be a dependent child when they start part-time employment. For more information see:Child starts part-time employment

·receiving a basic Student Allowanceor an Independent Circumstances Allowance
Note
receipt ofStudent Loandoes not necessarily mean a child is financially independent.

·receiving a benefit in their own rightor

·financially independent

Under 18 and not attending school

A child does not have to be attending school to remain a dependent child up until the age of 18 years.

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/income_support/main_benefits/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents/changes_and_reviews_-_dpb_-_sole_parents/child_changes_dpb_sole_parent-08.htm

And if your child continues education beyond the age of 18, there is also information regarding that situation:

Child turns 18 years old

When a dependent child turns 18 years old they are excluded from Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole parent.

Exception

Where a dependent child is attending school or a tertiary institution (including by correspondence) you may continue to include the child in Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole parent.

For more information see:

·Child aged 18 years and continues education

Date of review

Exclude the child from the date the child turns 18 years old.

However, there is some discretion to continue payment up to and including one payday following the date the child turns 18 years.

Child applies for a benefit in their own right

A dependent child cannot apply for a benefit (in their own right) until they have attained the qualifying age for that benefit. When the child’s benefit is granted they will have an initial stand-down period.

Wherever possible (and in appropriate circumstances) the date of exclusion of the child from the client’s benefit and the commencement date of the child’s benefit should coincide to avoid financial hardship for the family.

Notethe child must be excluded no later than the commencement date of the benefit granted in the child’s own right.

Also see:

·Effect on benefit

·Processing standards << Child inclusion – exclusion >> [link not available]

Legislation

·Review of benefitssection 81Social Security Act 1964

·Children continuing educationsection 63ASocial Security Act 1964

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/income_support/main_benefits/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents/changes_and_reviews_-_dpb_-_sole_parents/child_changes_dpb_sole_parent-09.htm

Child aged 18 years and continues education

Where a dependent child is 18 years of age and is attending school or a tertiary establishment (including by correspondence), the child can continue to be regarded as a dependent child up until the end of the school year in which the child turns 18 years old.

If the child returns to school or a tertiary establishment the following year, the child can apply forStudent AllowanceorStudent Loan.

For more information see:

·Correspondence School

Legislation

·Child continuing educationsection 63ASocial Security Act 1964

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/income_support/main_benefits/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents/changes_and_reviews_-_dpb_-_sole_parents/child_changes_dpb_sole_parent-10.htm

Info on making sure you are not overpaid your family tax credit:

Child leaves school

Child under the age of 18 years

Where a child under the age of 18 years leaves school or an educational facility, continue to include the child in the benefit provided the child remains adependent child.

Child aged 18 years leaves school during the academic year

Where a child aged 18 years leaves school or an educational facility during the academic year the child should be excluded from the benefit from the beginning of the next pay period in which the child leaves school or an educational facility.

There is discretion to continue payment for one payday following the date the child left school. You need to consider the activity the child is going to when you consider the use of this discretion.

Family tax credit

Family tax credit payments should be stopped from the beginning of the next pay period in which the child left school or educational facility, to avoid an overpayment (with Inland Revenue) for the client.

Child aged 18 years at the end of the school year

Theend of school yearprocess identifies where a Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole Parent includes a child who is 16 years or older.

The child can remain included in the benefit up to and including the first payday in January.

Where the child applies for a benefit in their own right (prior to the first payday in January) exclude the child from:

·the date the child’s own benefit is grantedor

·the first pay day in January following

whichever is the earlier.

Family tax credit

When a child leaves school or an educational facility, family tax credit payments cease from the day the child is excluded from the client’s Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole Parent.

http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/income_support/main_benefits/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents/changes_and_reviews_-_dpb_-_sole_parents/child_changes_dpb_sole_parent-16.htm

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Another helpful link:

http://www.nchenz.org.nz/tag/winz/

Changing the Heart of a Rebel

Changing the Heart of a Rebel
(For preventing rebellion and dealing with it; Christian presentation)

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

Jeremiah 17:9:10 (NKJV)
The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
the LORD, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.

Genesis 4:3-7 ((NKJV)
3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over (RSV Master) it.”
(Then the next verse: )
8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Fantastic Helpful Articles—Must reads
These are great articles for you to read or listen to

Regaining the Trust of Our Teens
http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/Topics/Parenting/Parenting11_Teens.html
Purpose: Help parents of older children who have not been well disciplined or tenderly loved to take steps in regaining the hearts of their children.
A) Regaining Hope for the Family
B) Restoring the Home
C) Resolving Conflict

Changing the Heart of a Rebel by Dr SM Davis
https://hef.org.nz/2008/changing-the-heart-of-a-rebel/

WHY SATAN WANTS YOUR FIRSTBORN (Dr. S M Davis) http://www.evangel.org.au/Perth/Downloads/Download%20Material/firstborn.pdf

Home Schooling the Rebel by Deborah Wuehler
http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/How_To_Homeschool/articles/homeschoolingtherebel.php

Help from a Former Hyperactive Kid by Israel Wayne
http://www.crosswalk.com/homeschool/11582342/

Insulate Your Children Within By: Michael Pearl
http://www.nogreaterjoy.org/nc/articles/general-view/archive////insulate-your-children-within/?tx_ttnews[backPID]=162&tx_ttnews[backPid]=85

Praying for Our Children
http://www.puritansermons.com/reformed/pray.htm and
http://navigatorsdetroit.com/2005-11%20Praying%20for%20our%20Children.pdf

Training Our Children to Use Technology                                                                                                                                 https://hef.org.nz/2010/training-our-children-to-use-technology/

Other verses:
1 Chronicles 12v32; Acts 17:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:13-14 ; Malachi 4:6

Reading Aloud and Books On Tape

Here is a great link on Laurie Bluedorn’s blog where Laurie answers questions about getting our children to listen to books on tape. There are also some good links to look up too.

Reading Aloud and Books On Tape

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