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Since 1989 Beverley Paine has steadfastly promoted and supported home education as an educational choice for Australia families. Her books and websites aim to demystify education, gently deschooling families so that they may meet their children's individual and unique educational and developmental needs. Her honesty, insights and wealth of experience continues to bring hope, reassurance and confidence to families.

Home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. State and Territory governments are responsible for regulating home education and have different requirements, however home educating families are able to develop curriculum and learning programs to suit the individual needs of their children.
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New South Wales Support Groups and Contacts

Support groups are an essential aspect of building a strong, vibrant homeschooling community. Some groups meet regularly with structured activities for the children, others simply allow time for the children to play together. Homeschooling families create support groups to meet their family's needs and invite others to join them for social and educational reasons. Please be considerate of family life when phoning a homeschooling contact: please avoid phoning during meal times or in the evening. During the day you may be interrupting home education lessons or activities: you may be asked to leave a message.

To list on this page please read our Reciprocal Links policy. Please email corrections to Beverley. Entries listed in alphabetical order by town, suburb (Adelaide metropolitan area) or region.

For more information about home educating in New South Wales visit Getting Started with Homeschooling in NSW.

Groups and contacts are listed in alphabetical order. The Home Education Association also has contact and support groups listed on its website.

Albury  (Albury/Wodonga & Surrounds Homeschool group)
https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/674220939282186/

Blue Mountains Home Ed Network 
http://bmhen.org/ - https://www.facebook.com/groups/192774247505003/

Border NSW / QLD Support Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nswqldborder/

Byron Bay Shire
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rainbow.region.homeschoolers

Byron Bay Unschooling & Natural Learners
https://www.facebook.com/groups/278212142292145/

Cooma Homeschoolers https://www.facebook.com/groups/235895809937798/

Dubbo
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DubboHomeschoolers/

Hornsby (Northern Sydney) designed for tweens and teens (10+). Email Geradine jnhgg1@gmail.com with the heading HOMESCHOOL 10andUp.

Secular Lake and Hunter Valley Home Education Group

Hunter Home Education
http://hunterhomeed.proboards.com

Hunter / Newcastle Home Educators / Homeschoolers https://www.facebook.com/groups/hunterhomeed/

Illawarra Homeschool Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/233172453456952

Illawarra Homeschoolers (Wollongong) https://www.facebook.com/groups/IllawarraHomeschoolers/

Kempsey - Macleay Homeschooling/Unschooling group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/342565639188420/

Northern Rivers Unschooling & Natural Learners Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/278212142292145/

Northern Beaches Home Educators https://www.facebook.com/groups/northernbeacheshomeeducators

NSW & ACT Unschoolers https://www.facebook.com/groups/nswunschoolers

Parramatta and Surrounds Homeschoolers (PASH) https://www.facebook.com/groups/686280888134033

Shoalhaven Homeschoolers (Nowra)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/487407561275826/

Singleton Home Educators / Home Schoolers  https://www.facebook.com/groups/533409640050690/

SHEN - Sydney and NSW Home Education Network https://www.facebook.com/groups/624296870921040/
http://www.shen.org.au/

Sydney - special needs home school https://www.facebook.com/groups/specialneedshomeschoolsydney/

Sydney Homeschool Swimmers https://www.facebook.com/groups/450340331769727/

Sydney homeschool meetup group https://www.facebook.com/groups/241438732728455/

Sydney Basin Homeschoolers events group https://www.facebook.com/groups/SydneyBasinHomeschoolers/

The Monday Group Sydney-based social group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477348092508840/

Teen Activities for Sydney Homeschoolers https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeenActivitiesSydneyHS/

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Welcome to the world of home education - learning without school! We officially began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were each born! I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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