Is it legal to homeschool someone else’s child? If it is, should you do it? Well, that depends.
Q. My neighbor asked me to homeschool their child. They figured that since I am already homeschooling and they HAVE to work, it would be a win-win situation. I am tempted because the child is the same age as my son and it might be fun for them, but can I and should I. Are there any restrictions, or will I regret it.
A. Whether or not you can homeschool someone else’s child will depend on the homeschool rules in your state. Where I live, in Georgia, you cannot. Homeschool laws are listed by state at HSDLA.org so you can check to see if it is OK where you live.
Whether it is legal to homeschool someone else’s child or not, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association will not defend your right to homeschool someone else’s child. (They also won’t defend your right to homeschool in a divorce issue).
So once you know whether you legally can homeschool your neighbors child or not, you have to determine if you should. Personally, I have turned down the opportunity to tag-team homeschool someone else’s child because I’d already had the experience of doing in-home childcare.
Here’s the deal. When you have your own child with you, you can be spontaneous, take the rest of the day off if you need to, and decided to run a quick errand and take the kids along. When you are getting paid to care for someone else’s child, all of a sudden you are technically a school and the parent has expectations that you will meet all of their criteria. They could care less about your errand, or your bright idea to go chase butterflies in the park.
If you are very regimented and can run your homeschool like a school with proper hours and school-like restrictions, it may have no problem adding other children to what has now become a school-at-home. But if you want to be spontaneous and want to integrate homeschooling into your life, it will be difficult.
It might be better to offer to tutor their child for a few hours a week, perhaps having with the child homeschool with your children one day a week. They would of course, have to make arrangements for the other four days.