After two years of pandemic restrictions, it’s no surprise that travelling around Australia is on many people’s bucket lists.
The thought of just packing up your life, jumping in the car and setting off on an epic adventure is very tempting; however, when you’ve got kids, things aren’t always smooth sailing. While many kids (and parents!) are now pros at homeschooling due to COVID-19 lockdowns, ensuring that your children get the best possible education while on the road can be overwhelming for so many parents. Where do you start? Is this the right choice for your child and your family? What kind of support is available? Take a deep breath, look at all of your options, and get excited about giving your kids an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring our beautiful country!
Where to start
Before you set out on your journey, it’s important to know about the different laws regarding your child’s education. The nitty-gritty details will vary, so look at the department of education website for your state; but in short, it’s illegal to just pull your kids out of school without any kind of plan, no matter where you live in Australia. There is, however, a range of schooling options available to suit your child and your travelling lifestyle.
Regardless of what you end up choosing, meet with your child’s teachers and chat to the school’s principal. Set up a meeting to discuss your child’s development and abilities, as well as your travel plans and whether the school would be willing to facilitate education from a distance. For instance, in Queensland, school principals can give parents and children a 12-month exemption from schooling, allowing them to return to in-person education after their travels are done, with no catch-up required! Other times, schools can offer distance education, where classroom teachers will give out resources, catch up with the child in weekly meetings, and work with parents to create a learning plan that keeps your child on par with their classmates. It’s worth noting, however, that not all schools are able to offer this.
To find out more about homeschooling on the road in Australia, read the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
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