It is compulsory for every child from 6-16 years to be enrolled at a registered school. However, parents or guardians have the right to apply for a Certificate of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School.

Parents who gain a Certificate of Exemption are also exempt from having to follow the NZ Curriculum Framework Requirements. Parents, however, must satisfy the Ministry of Education that their child will be taught “at least as regularly and as well as” at a registered school.