Planning, recording and not worrying about the ERO-Wednesday, Oct 15 at 7:30 pm

This meeting will be operating on the KISS principle ie keep it short and
simple. We will be discussing ideas to make life easier for homeschooling
parents by doing some advance preparation and putting into practice some
very simple ideas which make having a review no big deal.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct 15 at 7:30 pm,

163 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead. (Please park on the road.)

If you would like to come please email at jduthie [at] with your
name and phone number.

If you have any queries please phone 480-6878.

The ideas being discussed will definitely be helpful for anyone applying for
an exemption.

Nationwide contact for home education enquiries – homeschooling NZ

Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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

Contact details:
Craig and Barbara Smith
06 357-4399
Greetings all,
There have been a couple of requests lately for people willing to give exemption advice and encouragement.
Just a reminder that this is precisely what we at the Home Education Foundation are here for!
We help with preparing for exemptions and ERO reviews, how to understand and answer the exemption questions, we sit in on ERO Reviews with people, and I’ve even been a witness at a court case involving home education and socialisation. We have tons of material on socialisation, research results in both academic and social areas, ideas on curriculum development and getting into university and links to other information that we send out for free. We have 22 years of experience in teaching our own 8 children aged 28 down to 3 (yes, we’re still at it) and running conferences and speaking in nearly every corner of the country. Barbara just talked a mum who was full of panic through her ERO review preparation, and the mum passed with flying colours! I just wrote a letter to the Hamilton office of the MoE about what I thought was unfair treatment in an exemption application…the mum emailed today to say the exemption just came through!
Being a charitable trust, we do not charge for anything we send out or for our advice, even though most phone calls last between a half hour to a full hour or more. We trust the Lord to move people to make donations as they see fit and to subscribe to Keystone and TEACH Bulletin Although we personally are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Home Education Foundation is committed to rescuing ANY children out of state schooling institutions and to giving as much help and encouragement as we can to any and all parents and grandparents wanting to have a go at home education.
So don’t hesitate to get people to ring us or send an email. We don’t have an 0800 number but if people ring us on a landline, we can ring them back so we pay for the call since it costs us next to nothing.

Applying for an Exemption to Home School

in New Zealand

Here are two very helpful  links

The first is a cut down version of the exemption application, showing you exactly which comments the Ministry of Education (MoE) expects you to reply to:

The second is a lengthy letter giving all kinds of tips on how to answer the comments:

I’d suggest reading those two, having a go at answering the questions, then give us a ring (06) 357-4399 or emailing your phone number and we will ring you (email

It seems complicated at first, but it really isn’t that bad at all. We can talk you through it. All free of charge. That’s why we’re here.

Websites and blogs:

If you have a website or blog then please feel free to repost this on your website or blog and/or to link to these pages on your website or blog.

Homeschooling NZ – Help with MoE Exemptions and ERO Reviews

Please check on the Home Schooling Support Group closest to you and they will be more than willing to help you out. Click on the link below and go to “contact us” and you should be able to find a phone number or an email address.

NZ Home Education Support Groups

To email the person below please remove [at] and put in @ with no gaps.  [at] has been used to avoid spam.


Barbara Smith, 06 357-4399,

(If you would like to talk to us then either phone us or email us your phone number and we can ring you straight back – we are on a flat rate for tolls so it wont cost us anything.)


Jill Hanna,




Check the left hand side bar on this page

If you are available to help others with their exemptions and ERO Reviews please email me and I will add you to this list. Thanks


Also great links to help get you started in Getting an Exemption:

Making an Application for Exemption from Enrolment and Attendance at a School


A Collection of Exemption Tips and Ideas


Applying for an Exemption to Educate at Home

Truancy and the Home Schooler/Home Educator

Record of Progress and Achievement


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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

Information on getting started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online:

Coming Events:



Also a couple of links to help with your ERO review:

Preparing for an ERO Review (in an unschooling kind of way)


Preparing for an ERO Review by Craig Smith