Registration for Home Education | Western Cape Government

Registration for Home Education


Parents who want to provide home education for their children must register with the WCED.

Registration for Home Education

Girl drawingThe Department will approve the application if the applicant can satisfy it that:

  • The registration is in the interests of the learner.
  • The education provided at home will meet the minimum requirements of the curriculum at public schools.
  • The home education will be of a standard not inferior to the standard of education provided at public schools.
  • The parents will comply with any other reasonable conditions set by the Head of Education.

Registration can be withdrawn. Before this can happen, the Head of Education must:

  • Inform the parent and give reasons for the withdrawal.
  • Give the parent an opportunity to make representations.

A parent can appeal to the provincial Minister of Education against a refusal to register a learner or the withdrawal of a registration.

Records to keep after registering

  • Record of attendance.
  • Portfolio of your child’s work.
  • Up-to-date records of your child’s progress.
  • Portfolio of the educational support given to your child.
  • Evidence of the continuous assessment of your 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.
  • All relevant assessment results for a period of 3 years for monitoring by the Head of Department.
Ending Home Education Registration

If a learner who has been registered for home education is later admitted to a public or independent school, the parent must request the Head of Education in writing to end the learner's registration for home education.


Applications are made on the required form which can also be obtained from the WCED.

The parent must submit the completed form with the following documents:

  • parent/s certified ID copy,
  • last copy of a school report (if your child was in school before, but if your 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, and
  • certified copy of your child’s birth certificate.


Subject to a required home visit, your home education application may take up to 30 days to be processed.

How much does it cost?

Registration of home education is free, however, tutoring and learning support material costs are for the parent’s account.

For more information, contact:

Mr DD Louw
Tel: 021 467 2653

Read more information on policies, legislation, application forms and guidelines for home education.

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 28 January 2021
(Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)