26 April 2013
More families choosing to learn at home
Options include religious, Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia and home schooling.
Thousands of Victorian children have been schooled at home, and in the past two years it has grown threefold here and worldwide; this year an estimated 4000 Victorian children will be home schooled.
Susan Wight, co-ordinator of the Home Education Network, a volunteer advocacy and support organisation, says home schooling is a recognised, legal and viable alternative to various mainstream schooling options.
According to the state government guide Home Schooling in Victoria, published in March 2010, the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 requires all children of compulsory school age (six to 17) who are home schooled to be registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.