***NEWSFLASH*** New Government Guidance for Parents

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) have just released new draft guidance on ‘Home Childcare (HC)’. The draft guidance for local authority children’s services comes as a result of concerns by Ofsted that all children in England should have the right to:

  • be ‘protected from all forms of violence, abuse and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them’ (Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child/UNCRC);
  • relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities’ (Article 31 of UNCRC);
  • a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development’ (Article 27 of UNCRC)

Please note, the guidance will be particularly relevant to those parents who do not use registered childcare in the early years, and for those that do not access registered childcare provision during school holidays, in the evenings or at weekends; but it will also cover all parents, family members, neighbours and friends who, at any time, have responsibility for the care of a child. Read more

A letter to the Chief Inspector of Schools from an angry Home Educator

Dear Sir Michael Wilshaw,

I am very sorry to hear that you have found evidence to suggest that hundreds of children in England are being taught in illegal schools. However, I am extremely concerned that you wish that “… the rules around home education need to be heightened because it’s quite clear to me that there’s a correlation between the growth of home education and the number of illegal schools that are now operating” (BBC Radio 4’s Eddie Mair show, 17.05.16). Read more

Education, but not as we know it

1440174571136Did you know that home education is actually the default choice for families in the UK? School has become so widely used that we have come to assume that it is the standard pathway through childhood. It is, in fact, a service that is available for families to opt into and access free of charge, in much the same way as pre-school or nursery provision is available to all 3 year olds and some 2 year olds. School is not compulsory, an education however is.  Read more