You may admit your child to primary school at any time during the year. You are encouraged to seek admission for your child in the first half of the year, as the school year is from January to November each year.
Eligibility for P1 Registration
If your child is due to enter Primary One, you are strongly encouraged to register your child while abroad during the Primary One Registration Exercise (usually held from July to September in the preceding year). You can find the application form and details of the registration procedure at Information for Overseas Singaporeans in the Primary One Registration section.
Upon obtaining a place and you are still not due to return to Singapore in time for your child to start Primary One, you can apply to keep the place for your child under the Leave of Absence (LOA) Scheme at the registered school.
If your child missed the P1 registration exercise, your child will still be allocated a school place through the general school placement.
General School Placement for Primary Schools
Generally, Returning Singaporeans seeking admission to primary schools will be placed at the level appropriate for their age, subject to available vacancies. Your child does not have to sit for entrance tests but the school may conduct assessment tests after admission to ascertain your child’s current attainment level and provide the appropriate assistance to help him/her settle into the school.
If your child is on Leave of Absence (LOA), he/she can re-join the former school immediately upon his/her return to Singapore.
If your child is not on LOA, you may consider the following school admission options:
Apply directly to your preferred schools for admission
Returning Singaporeans may approach preferred schools directly to seek admission. Generally, you may do so throughout the year, subject to school operations and/or examination periods.
For the contact details of our schools, please refer to the School Information Service (SIS).
Approach MOE for assistance
For MOE to facilitate your child’s school placement, you will have to complete the Application Form for School Placement for Returning Singaporeans no earlier than three months before the intended date of the school admission. MOE will take approximately 14 days to confirm the school placement after receiving the school application form.
MOE will identify a school with vacancies at your child’s age-appropriate level, based on the residential address indicated in your application form. If a permanent Singapore address is not available at the point of this application, you will have to provide an intended residential area upon returning to Singapore.
If you have applied for admission after September, your application will be processed in mid-December for admission in the following year, as admission in the final term of the academic year will not be educationally beneficial to your child.
For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
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