StepsWeb is not only a leading online literacy program used in over 1200 schools, it’s a truly fantastic NZ company which NCHENZ is proud to be associated with. Have a look at the About Us section of their website to read about their family focused workplace, environmental commitment, and charitable initiatives. During the lockdowns in 2021, StepsWeb offered free licences to all NZ school children to aid them in their home based learning. When NCHENZ contacted them and asked if homeschoolers could be included, they were happy to oblige. Overall approximately 50,000 licences were used by NZ kids free of charge in each lockdown.

As a program, StepsWeb adapts to each learner to strengthen all of the core skills needed for reading and spelling. Suitable for ages 5+ through to adults, it is evidence based, diagnostic and intuitive, with every activity based on research into how literacy develops. It has a strong emphasis on processing and perceptual skills – caters for all, but ideal for dyslexic and other struggling learners. 

For technical specifications/recommendations, please click here.

Note for those who previously held educator/parent accounts: NCHENZ has  negotiated this offer so that we hold the educator account. You will still be able to print the activity pdfs and have the abilty to create custom wordlists for your student at their level in their account. Workbooks remain able to be purchased directly from StepsWeb.

The subscription begins on 16th March 2022 and will expire on 30th Jan 2023.

Late subscribers will be able to access a pro-rata price as follows:

  • Join to start on 16th March or any time after that date in Term 1 – $39.50
  • Join any time during Term 2 for $34.00
  • Join any time during Term 3 for $28.00
  • Join any time during Term 4 for $22.50 (note, no subscriptions will be set up after 15th December)

The expiry date will be 31st Jan 2023 no matter when you start. Subscriptions may not be set up during the school holidays as our volunteers may be on leave. Subscriptions will not be set up from 15th December until the end of January while our volunteers have a break.


Enrolment process:

Complete the form and then make payment (account details are below the form). To take up this offer you must be a member of NCHENZ and remain a member for the duration of this subscription period. Membership is free and very easy to complete, go to our Family Membership form. If you don’t know your NCHENZ membership number click here to request it. Please wait until you have your membership number before subscribing and ensure you use your membership number, your child’s last name, and “web” as the reference when making payment. The StepsWeb subscription can only be used for a child who has a current Exemption Certificate from the Ministry of Education, or whose application for an exemption is in progress.


Who administers this program:

Gin Taylor manages this program. She is a homeschooling mum in Taupo who volunteers on the NCHENZ Executive Committee. She is not employed by StepsWeb. Every single member of the committee is a volunteer. They all have lives outside of the committee, they all have children they homeschool. Some of the Committee members volunteer within their communities, some have part time jobs or work from home. Be kind to these people, they do an amazing job for all New Zealand home educators.


Enrol here:

Log in details will be emailed to you withing three days of your payment showing in the NCHENZ account. Please check your spam/junk folder if you don’t see login details in your Inbox.

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1st Child
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  3. Are you this child's legal parent/caregiver?
  4. Does this child have a current certificate of exemption from the NZ Ministry of Education?
2nd Child
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3rd Child
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Additional Info
  1. If you are enrolling more than three children please include the extra details in the comments box below.



Kiwibank account 38-9014-0162108-02
Account name: National Council of Home Educators NZ Inc
Reference: Your child’s last name with the reference “web” and your NCHENZ membership number
You can do one payment for all of the children you are enrolling.

Note, if you make a manual over-the-counter deposit at the bank then please add an additional $3 as this is what the bank charges NCHENZ.


Refund policy:

The NCHENZ policy is not to give refunds if you change your mind after making payment unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you feel you have exceptional reasons for requesting a refund, please write to the NCHENZ Committee at within seven days of receiving your log in details and they will consider your request. After seven days it is unlikely that a refund will be approved because NCHENZ will have paid the supplier for your subscription. In the case where a refund is approved, the funds will be paid to the original payer only and a NZ bank account number must be provided. An administration fee of $5/subscription will be deducted from all refunds.


Please note:

While NCHENZ is appreciative of being able to offer a reduced StepsWeb subscription to members, please note that this should not be seen as an endorsement or promotion of the program. We offer this as a service to our members simply because the opportunity has arisen and we think our members will be interested.

At a glance …

  • StepsWeb is $39.50 per child for the year
  • Start date is 16th March 2022, expiry date is 30th Jan 2023
  • To enrol fill in the form below
  • You must be home educating (or intending to) and a member of NCHENZ
  • Pay to Kiwibank account 38-9014-0162108-02