SYDNEY HOME EDUCATION NETWORK (SHEN)

POLICY DOCUMENT: AGE OF PARTICIPANTS AT SHEN EVENTS

A SHEN event is defined as an event organised by the SHEN Committee. The Committee tries to organise events over the course of the year that cater to various age groups. Each event has a recommended age of participants.

Important: It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the children booked into an event are in the recommended age group if that is a booking criteria. In such cases, children outside the recommended age will not be allowed to participate in the event on the day.

It is SHEN’s policy to adhere to the recommended age group stated on the event notice for a number of reasons. Firstly, many members attend a SHEN event so that their child can meet other children of a similar age.  Secondly, events aimed at older children may contain themes that might be inappropriate for younger children.  Thirdly, there is a limit imposed by the performer on the number of attendees.

The Committee feels that, as a primary aim of SHEN is to facilitate interaction between home educating families, this is best achieved by adhering to the recommended ages. Furthermore, as spots are limited it is only fair that they be offered to those children in the recommended age group first. In this way, over the course of the year, children of all ages will have an opportunity to attend an age appropriate event.

For some events, the Organiser might feel that it would be appropriate for children outside the recommended age group to attend. In such cases, the Organiser will place those children on a waiting list and if there is a vacancy closer to the date of the event, the parent will be notified. If a waiting list will operate, this will be noted on the event notice.

Sydney Opera House Events

For Sydney Opera House events the recommended age for each event will be stated on the event notice. Children outside this age range can attend the show. The onus is on the parent to that the content is age appropriate.

Other SHEN events

For other SHEN events the recommended age for each event will be stated on the event notice. If children outside this age range can attend, this will be stated on the event notice.