Getting Started

If you are new in home-education, you would probably like to find resources in how to do things. Thankfully, there is a long list of wonderful and inspiring books out there as well as very useful websites to help you decide what method or philosophy suits you and your family best. Please see our section on What is Home Education for details of some of our favourite resources.

Our Short Film and Member Stories are there to give you a snap shot into the daily lives of home educators in Ireland.

Talk to Home Educating Families

There is nothing quite like talking directly to parents who have years of experience in home education. Our network of volunteers take regular calls from families new to home education, offering support and advice wherever they can.

For some families home education is a natural progression as their child grows, for others it becomes an alternative option when school is no longer the best choice for their child. From pre-schoolers, to teens, from unschooling families to structured learning you can rest assured our members have plenty experience to share!

As part of your welcome pack when you JOIN HEN you will be given details of  your Regional HEN contact who will be able to give you further information on any meet ups in your area.

In 2000, the Irish Government brought in a system of registration for home educated children aged six to sixteen, with teenagers usually staying on the register until they reach eighteen. To help home educators to understand this process HEN (Ireland) compiled a guide which is available to all HEN members.