You may or may not be aware of the recent review into home education in England which was being carried out by Graham Badman.
The government have carried out 4 consultations into home education in the past few years, and finally have got the answers that they appeared to be looking for. After suggesting that home education, with no other factors, was perhaps a welfare concern the future of home education is at risk. Currently the UK has one of the most liberal approaches to education - recognising that parents are responsible for education and the government must only intervene when things are going wrong - innocent until proven guilty. It may not always happen in practice, given the different attitudes of local authorities, but in Law the parents have some protection from officials with different views on education or child development. The outcomes of the review include recommendations that government officials be given the right of access and inspection of private family homes, and there is talk in the second recommendation of defining a suitable education for home educated children. So then not only will childcare and state education in the UK be so strongly regulated - but it's the first step to parents themselves having to meet government imposed standards. Will it be parents staying home with under 5's next, or those who choose not to vaccinate? Please don't think that because you don't home educate this doesn't apply to you - if you have children and live in the UK it's absolutely relevant to you, especially if you're making parenting choices that aren't 'normal'
PLEASE have a look at this site, which explains it far better than I canhttp://www.homeschooler.org.uk/start-here
Thanks for reading