Educating your child at home is called home education or elective home education (EHE), or home schooling.
It's important to know that it's your choice to decide what is a suitable education for your child. Your child's education is always your responsibility.
We are not here to correct you. We're here to help and support you, and to provide reassurance from a trustworthy person that you can educate your child in the way you see fit.
There are different ways you can educate your child at home to best meet their needs. You do not have to:
- follow the national curriculum
- cover certain topics
- meet certain standards by certain stages or ages
- have a scheduled timetable or stick to 'term times'
You must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of 5. If you are educating your child at home, this should occupy a significant proportion of their life, but you can deliver it in a flexible way.
You do not need to be a teacher or have any other special qualifications.