Homeschooling Basics: Grade 1 – 9

Homeschooling is a programme where a parent of a learner of compulsory school-going age provides education for their child at home. It is an alternative to attending public or independent schools (Department of Basic Education).

How to apply to homeschool your child in South Africa

You can homeschool your child for the following compulsory phases: foundation phase (grades 1-3), intermediate phase (grades 4-6), and senior phase (grades 7-9).

Step 1: Apply to the Head of your Provincial Education Department to register your child for homeschooling

The application is free and it takes less than 30 days to be processed by the Head of your Provincial Education Department. You will need to send them the correct application form and the supporting documents, namely:

  • parent/s certified ID copy
  • last copy of school report (if the child was in school before, but if the child is only starting school now you must attach an immunisation card)
  • weekly timetable which includes contact time per day
  • breakdown of terms per year (196 days per year)
  • learning programme
  • certified copy of child’s birth certificate

Step 2: After your child has been registered for homeschooling you must keep the following:

  • record  of attendance
  • portfolio of the child’s work
  • up- to- date records of the child’s progress
  • portfolio of the educational support given to the child
  • evidence of the continuous assessment of the child’s work
  • evidence of the assessment and or examination at the end of each year
  • evidence at the end of grade 3,6 and 9, that shows whether your child has achieved the outcomes for these grades

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