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August 28, 2015

Eclectic Heretic Homeschooler

By Lisa Donnelly I read with great interest the article in a recent home education magazine defending unschooling to structured schoolers. In my neck of the woods, the shoe seems to be permanently on the other foot. I can’t count […]
August 28, 2015

Head, Heart and Hands

Weaving Waldorf Education into Home Learning By Brenda J. Armstrong Receive the children in reverence, Educate them with love, Send them forth in freedom – Rudolph Steiner I watch our nine-year-old daughter as she eyes the many baskets of wool […]
August 24, 2015

Dental Care

The Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule allows for up to $1000* basic dental treatment over a two-year period for eligible 2–17 year olds 2-17 year olds are eligible if they receive Family Tax Benefit A External website icon or other […]
August 24, 2015

Isolated Children’s Allowance

The ‘Isolated Children’s Allowance’ is available to some parents for children educated outside of the school or at home. The old eligibility criteria for this allowance was very strict – basically your child had to be ‘incapable of attending school’ […]
August 24, 2015

Family Tax Benefit Part A

Home educating families with children up to age 16 are eligible for the Family Tax Benefit Part A if they meet the other criteria. As of January 1st 2014, a change to the eligibility criteria for FTB Part A means […]
August 24, 2015

Parenting Payment and Newstart Allowance

Centrelink payments for parents and home educators can be a little complicated, as eligibility is based on various requirements and circumstances.  These are: income, relationship status, age of children, registration status (for home educators). Partnered Parents If you are eligible […]
August 19, 2015

60 Minutes Segment on Unschooling

The 60 minutes segment itself is no longer on the 60 minutes site itself but: Dayna Martin has it on her website ‘Extra minutes’ are on YouTube Channel 9 Mornings with Sandra Dodd The Clark family were interviewed with The […]