2021/22 kindergarten admission arrangements

Education | 14 Oct 2020

It is important for children to receive a quality preschool education as it lays the foundation for their future development. For the 2021/22 academic year, the government has continued to implement the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme to give children a better start in life.

First introduced in 2017-18, the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme (Scheme) was launched to replace the Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme (PEVS) introduced since 2007. With an aim to offer affordable and good quality kindergarten education, the Education Bureau (EDB) has provided additional subsidy for eligible kindergartens (KGs) offering whole-day (WD) and long WD services, to enhance the accessibility of pupils to different types of services that best suit their needs.

To maintain the flexibility and diversity of the KG sector and free choice for parents, the KG student admission remains a school-based matter. Additionally, it facilitates the smooth operation of the admission process of KGs and helps parents secure a KG place for their children in a timely manner.

Under the Scheme, each eligible child who is a Hong Kong resident born on or before 31  December 2018, will be issued a registration document for admission to a K1 class in the 2021/22 school year. All Scheme-KGs can only admit children with a valid registration document so as to prevent applicants from hoarding a number of places at any one time that might affect their peers.

Parents are required to apply to EDB for a ‘Registration Certificate’ (RC) for KG admission between September and November 2020. Application form can be downloaded on the Education Bureau (EDB) website; and is available at District Offices, Post Offices and Regional Education Offices of the EDB. Parents can also submit an online application on EDB website. Details on application have been uploaded onto the EDB's website in September this year.

KGs will notify parents of the results of their K1 admission before 18 December 2020. Parents need to confirm acceptance of a K1 place by submitting the RC/AP, and paying the registration fee during Centralized Registration Dates, which are on 7 to 9 January 2021 (Thursday to Saturday), to complete the registration procedure.

After the Centralized Registration Dates, KGs may fill vacancies by admitting children on the waiting list or those who have not yet secured a place. If a child is offered a place after the Centralized Registration Dates, the parents have to complete the registration procedure on the date set by individual KGs, by submitting the RC/AP to the KG concerned.

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