Address used for registration

Your home address is used to calculate the distance between your home and school, which can be a key consideration when choosing a school.

The address used for Primary 1 (P1) registration should be the parents' official residential address as reflected on the NRICs. This address will be used to determine the home-school distance category, where required for consideration of priority admission.
Home-school distance category priority
The home-school distance category priority is given for the convenience and interest of the child. The family is expected to reside at the address for the duration of the child's primary school studies.
30-month stay requirement
MOE recognises that some families are unable to remain at the address used for registration for the entire duration of the child's primary school studies. Even so, a child who gains priority admission through their distance category is required to reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the start of the P1 Registration Exercise on 30 June 2021.

If the 30-month stay condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies, as the priority admission to the first school was based on the declared address used for registration.

You can refer to the frequently asked questions for more related information.

Using a caregiver's address
You must make a declaration of alternative child-care arrangement for your child’s P1 registration if you want to use the address of a caregiver living within 2km of your school of choice.

You can make a declaration if you meet both of these conditions:
  • You and your spouse are both working full-time at the time the declaration is made.
  • Your child is under the care of a grandparent or a parent's sibling.

How to make a declaration

The declaration can only be made online, and you will need to have a valid Singpass with 2-Factor Authentication (Singpass 2FA). Find out how to register for a Singpass 2FA if you don't have one.

One parent is required to submit the online declaration form and upload the relevant supporting documents.
Declaration period: From 9am on Monday, 28 June 2021, to 4pm on Thursday, 5 August 2021

Processing time for declaration to be processed: Please allow at least 3 working days for your application to be processed.

You are strongly encouraged to make your declaration early. You must receive the approval email from MOE before you can register your child for P1 using the caregiver's address.

If you need help with the declaration, you can refer to this guide

Make a declaration

Documents required

You must upload all of these documents when making the declaration:
  • NRICs of both parents.
  • NRIC of caregiver — child's grandparent or parent's sibling.
  • Documents showing the relationship of parent and caregiver (such as the birth certificate of a parent, to prove the relationship to the child's grandparent, or the birth certificate of the parent's sibling, to prove the sibling relationship).
You must be prepared to produce additional supporting documents, upon request.

If balloting is required

If the caregiver’s address is within 2km of the school, your child will be balloted together with those of the same citizenship living between 1km to 2km of the school. This is regardless of how close the caregiver’s address is to the school.

If the caregiver’s address falls outside of 2km from the school, your child will be balloted together with those of the same citizenship living outside of 2km from the school.

Understand how balloting works.
30-month stay requirement
If the caregiver’s address is successfully used for priority admission, you will have to continue with the same childcare arrangement at the same address for at least 30 months from the start of P1 registration on 30 June 2021. If not, your child may be transferred to another school with vacancies.

Using the address of a new property
You can register your child for P1 using the address of a yet-to-be completed property you have purchased. After you registered online, you must send one of these documents to the school via email: 
  • For HDB flat: A printout of the "New Flat" page from MyHDBPage.
  • For private property: A copy of the original Sales and Purchase agreement.
The vacant or delivery possession date of the new property you are moving into must be within 2 years of your child’s entry into P1.

Find the school’s email address on Schoolfinder.
Letter of Undertaking (LOU)
You must also sign an LOU to undertake that you will move into your new property within 2 years of your child’s entry into P1.

The school will send you the LOU via email, and you will have to sign and email a scanned copy to the school by the stated date.

You will need to produce the original signed LOU to the school if you have successfully secured a place at your preferred school. The school will provide you with more details on the submission of the original signed LOU. 
30-month stay requirement
A child who secures a school place through the home-school distance category priority must stay at the new address for at least 30 months starting from the time your family moves into your new home.
If your child registers for P1 in 2021, and moves into the new address in July 2022, the 30-month stay period starts from July 2022. 

Using the address of a resale property
You can register your child for P1 using the address of a resale property you have purchased. After you have registered online, you must send one of these documents to the school via email:
  • For HDB flat: A printout of the resale flat status from the HDB Resale Portal. It must indicate that HDB has received your application to buy a resale flat.
  • For private property: The exercised Option-To-Purchase (OTP) and buyer’s Stamp Duty Certificate.
Find the school’s email address on Schoolfinder.
Letter of Undertaking (LOU)
You must also sign an LOU to undertake that you will move into your new property by 3 January of your child's P1 admission year.

The school will send you the LOU via email, and you will have to sign and email a scanned copy to the school by the stated date.

You will need to produce the original signed LOU to the school if you have successfully secured a place at your preferred school. The school will provide you with more details on the submission of the original signed LOU. 
30-month stay requirement
A child who secures a school place through the home-school distance category priority using the address of a new resale property must stay at the new address for at least 30 months starting from 3 January in the year of their P1 admission.
  • MOE takes a serious view of parents intentionally using an address solely for the purpose of P1 registration, and will take action to transfer a child out of a school if it is established that there was an intention to abuse the system. 
  • Parents found to have given false information during P1 registration will be referred to the Police for investigation.
  • Children who have been admitted based on false information will be transferred to another school with vacancies.