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Home Schooling Teachers

Home Schooling Teachers

What is a Home Schooling Teacher?

In today's educational climate, more and more parents are opting for home-schooling. This global trend is giving families the option of providing education designed to fit your child's learning need's instead of moulding the child to fit the delivery styles of traditional education systems. There are many curriculum's to choose from, delivery options and support options. For children in FET phase (Gr. 10 - Gr. 12) please refer to tutoring as home schooling teachers are only available for children up to and including Gr. 9 due to the required level of specialisation needed to deliver subjects in this phase.

The quality of education received by children doing home-schooling, especially where the content is delivered by a professional and children’s schedules are properly balanced with extra murals and social experiences outside of the home, can result in a superior education to the child.  Children learn faster, easily grasping and retaining the content delivered in a one-on-one or tiny comfortable classroom situation.

When opting to teach from home, there are a number of responsibilities that need to be attended to for children up to Gr. 9. These include:
    •    Planning, preparing  lessons.
    •    Delivering lessons
    •    Lesson Planning in line with the selected curriculum requirements
    •    Marking
    •    Setting of ‘extra work’ (homework)
    •    Setting Tests
    •    Setting Projects and Assignments
    •    Creating and Delivering Assessments
    •    Design educational activities that promote physical, social and intellectual growth of students.
    •    Planning outings related to current learning objectives

Home schooling teachers will be able to deliver all of these services.

When Do You Need A Home Schooling Teacher?

Parents without the skillset to deliver the above list of duties, where opting for registration directly through the department of Education will require a Home Schooling Teacher. When you have children in Gr.9 or below, and have opted to register your children through an online curriculum provider such as Clonard or Impaq but find the offered lesson planning insufficient to your child’s needs and would like a more personalised and professional lesson delivery.

If you are looking for support to implement your chosen school curriculum in a home-schooling environment then we can assist. Sitters4U provides both one on one and groups classes for up to 5 children with a home-schooling teacher. These are groups of children in the same  grade or phase, registered to the same curriculum supplier or directly with the department of education. The parents of the children in the class can decide at whose home to host groups and classes can include up to a maximum of 5 children as per department guidelines. This makes the option of home-schooling far more affordable. With a class of 5 children, rates per child can go to as low as R 4000 to R 5000 per child per month.

If you are interested in finding out about our home-schooling groups in your area for 2021/2022 or you know of other parents with similarly aged children in the same grade as your child that would like to form a home-schooling group, join our home-schooling registration list to be alerted of other children being educated in a home environment in your area.
Please Note: Home Schooling teachers are provided up to grade 9 only. For Grade 10 or higher, due to the specialised nature of subjects, specialized tutors should be contracted for each subject.

Alternatives to an in-person Home Schooling Teacher:
  • Home Schooling Facilitator
  • Online Home Schooling Facilitator
  • Tutoring (Subject Specific Tutors up to Gr.9 | Gr.10 - Gr.12) In-Person | Online
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Minimum Requirements for Home Schooling Teachers

Our home-schooling teachers subscribe to a rigid mandate, they are all experienced. They must have a degree in Education and/or other certified tertiary education related to the subjects they teach or be in the process of completing one. They have immaculate credentials and a genuine interest and passion for teaching.

Our Home Schooling Teachers have:

  • Experience: Tutor and/or teaching and/or facilitation experience with contactable references other than friends or family.
  • Education: A minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or are in the process of completing one.
  • Vehicles: Their own reliable child safe vehicle and a valid South African driving license.
  • Personality: We prefer working with candidates who are dedicated, organized, friendly, energetic, creative, patient, active and caring. All have a friendly, outgoing and caring personality, a passion and genuine interest in assisting their students to achieve the best results possible.
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What do Home Schooling Teachers earn?

Rates are dependent on the experience and education level of the home schooling teacher and expertise required to delivered the chosen curriculum, the grade of the child requiring teaching, weather the curriculum is delivered by the teacher in full, including content planning and lesson delivery or by an online facility with the teacher assisting in content delivery, the school hours and time required off site to set up lessons, whether the child has any learning difficulties or disabilities and if traveling is required.

Rates range from R 7000 ($280 USD) per month at Grade R level for 3 hours a day, to R 50 000 ($2000 USD) per month at Gr. 9 on IEB or Cambridge for a full school day. Please note for Gr. 10 - Gr. 12 as subjects generally require a subject specific person per subject, click here to view tutor rates instead.

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How do we screen Home Schooling Teachers?

  • Home Schooling Teachers are personally interviewed and skills assessed by a trained Sitters4U Recruiter.
  • Applying applicants submit copies of ID, drivers license, proof of address, first aid, tertiary certification and criminal clearance which are checked.
  • The candidate is thoroughly interviewed by a Sitters4U recruiter or representative (1-2 hours).
  • References are checked by a Sitters4U recruiter or representative.
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What are the Duties of a Home Schooling Teacher?

Specific duties and responsibilities may vary and include many of the duties of tutors , but there are several core tasks associated with home schooling which include;
  • Home schooling teachers are responsible for lesson planning and developing consumable educational content for home school age children. They are hired to prepare curriculum to instruct students and deliver the content required to meet the departmental educational or curriculum outcomes. They carry out daily lesson plans by following the education department and curriculum guidelines.
  • Whether teaching one student or an entire group, home schooling teachers must practice classroom management techniques to create a positive and effective classroom environment.
  • A home school teacher must be able to meet students’ individual needs and assist with differentiated learning strengths and preferences.
  • Excellent home school teachers facilitate routines, rituals, and celebrations that create a healthy learning atmosphere and boost student independence.
  • Home school teachers conduct student testing according to the standards mandated by the Department of Education.
  • When needed, they conduct formal or informal assessments of student progress using checklists, rubrics, testing tools, and student work. They document testing results and use them to adjust student learning as needed.
  • Most home school teachers design an individual course of study for each learner under their care. They research, plan, and organize in collaboration with students and their parents to decide which curriculum is the most effective for the learner’s educational goals. Successful home school teachers learn multiple teaching strategies to accommodate diverse student needs and learning styles.
  • Home school teachers often help organize and attend activities that support their home school students. They encourage community relations, involve themselves with the families they teach, and create a warm, nurturing atmosphere for positive learning.
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