Home Educators Resource Centre

Our libraries are here to support you in your learning and teaching journey.

CQ Libraries

Click here to see books on home schooling available at our libraries catalogue.   Please contact us if you'd like to request a book that is not on the catalogue.  Our team will either help with an interloan, or add the book to our collection when possible.  

CQ Libraries’ online learning resources

Available on our Kid's Page:

  • Kinderling KidsKinderling is a radio station designed by parents, for kids. Kinderling brings music, stories, programs, and sleep to kids through research driven programming tailored around the energies and moods of children aged 0-9 years old.
  • Busy Things: A fun, quirky and creative online educational world for kids aged 3-11.  Over 900 games, activities and downloadable resources to make learning fun!
  • Tumble Books:  A selection of animated, talking picture books in English, French and Spanish for preschool through to Year 6.
  • LOTE Online for Kids:  Languages Other Than English Online for kids!  Kids can enjoy story time in their own language, alongside English translations to help develop reading and listening skills.  Choose from over 400 stories in 20 languages!

Available on our Teens Page

  • Any Questions:  A free online reference service for NZ school students manned by live librarians.  Teaches information literacy skills and research skills
  • Topic Explorer: The National Library offers a searchable database that helps you find quality, curated resources on a range of topics. 

Available on our Online Learning Page

  • Kaz – Learn to touch type with KAZ typing tutor.  Editions for adults and children, options for visually impaired and people with dyslexia. 
  • Mango Languages – Learn another language with this award-winning online resource.  Choose from over 70 languages and learn at your own pace, at your own place.

Website links

A curated collection of useful website links is listed below:

New Zealand Curriculum and Support

Homeschool Facebook Groups in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago

Queenstown Lakes Homeschoolers

Wanaka Homeschool

Central Otago homeschooling

Home Education in New Zealand

NZ Home Educators websites

  • National Council Home Educators New Zealand - www.nchenz.org.nz - “Information for parents who are currently or who are contemplating home educating in NZ to learn more about home education and the National Council of Home Educators New Zealand.”
  • The Firelight Foundation - https://thefirelightfoundation.co.nz/ - “The Firelight Foundation is a non-faith based organisation that provides home-school conferences and events to educate, inform and inspire.  Giving parents skills and inspiration as they teach, nurture and watch their families grow at home. Enabling them to kindle the flame of learning and ignite a passion to know more…”
  • Home Education Foundation - http://hef.org.nz/ - “Serving, promoting, defending and publishing for Christian and secular home educators in NZ and overseas.”