In this brief article, I would like to discuss some of my experiences regarding programming requirements for registration. My motivation for writing this is to encourage people to develop their educational objectives in a way which will enhance the future of their children, rather than fulfilling unnecessary administrative requirements. When dealing with bureaucrats, home educators who haven't undergone teacher training can feel that they are at a disadvantage because they haven't had access to the body of knowledge, both verbal and written, used by teachers to establish an appropriate level of documentation. We must remember however, that this is often because the 'teacher jargon' is unfamiliar to us - it has nothing to do with our competency to give the best education to our child. In order to be registered to home educate in NSW, the parent applies to the Office of the Board of Studies (OBoS). The essential requirement in the Education Act is that the parent show that they are carrying out a course of study in each of the key learning areas1. There is no explicit requirement that a programme be written. I encourage people to programme only when and where it helps them to formulate their ideas and to implement their plans, eg very often, spending days on program development would take precious time away from your actual involvement with your children. The same can be said for recording their learning experiences. In my personal experience, I made a programme for my first two children in July and December 1992. I have never written another programme and have had no difficulty getting registered since. During this time we have had registration visits from two different Authorised Persons (AP). My experience is that the AP's are generally pretty clued in to recognise a loving home where the interests of children are being served. They understand that a good education will naturally follow in this sort of environment. I have had to produce little justification for not producing a detailed document which would give me no benefit. I usually talk to the AP about my educational philosophy and my thoughts for my children's education. Mind you, if I had made some kind of plan or outline, it may have been appropriate to show this to them. Can I strongly suggest that parents choosing to home educate anywhere in Australia, read through the relevant parts of their state's Education Act and become informed. Bureaucrats, by nature, love to make up extra rules which are superfluous to the legislative requirements. Notes: 1. See the key learning areas for primary and secondary aged children in NSW.