Kim was running a yoga business from home and so was available all day, but there would be no more formal lessons – the children would simply follow where their interests led.
But ever-tightening legislation around education is making home educators nervous.
In July, after a two-year battle, Kensington and Chelsea Council finally withdrew an order forcing a mother to send her 11-year-old son to school; while in 2009, the Government tried to introduce legislation forcing home educators to register (it was dropped in the face of opposition).
“I wouldn’t want to wave a flag that says, ‘Come and find me,’” she says.
Alison stumbled on the concept of unschooling when her eldest child was a baby, but her leap into the unknown has paid off.
“It’s a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life.” Radical unschoolers, who sometimes prefer the term “whole-life unschoolers”, take this idea even further.