Allocation of premises to applicant bodies is on a competitive basis. The basic principle for allocation of KG premises is to select applicant bodies to provide quality education for KG students. The applicant body must have good organisation structure, proper management and sound financial footing; and is willing to collaborate with the Education Bureau (EDB) to implement education policies and initiatives.
To cater for the actual situation of KGs and reduce applicant bodies’ administrative work, the EDB has decided to adopt a streamlined mechanism starting from 2021 for assessing applications for nomination of suitable operators for KG premises. In light of the decline in KG student population, the existing KGs joining the KG education scheme (Scheme-KGs) are able to provide sufficient places to meet the demand. However, there are differences in the demand and supply of KG places and parents’ preferences in various districts. Besides, under the quality KG education policy, the EDB endeavours to look for suitable sites for KGs in need. KGs, especially those facing high rental expenses, dilapidated school environment and facilities, surplus of KG places in the district are encouraged to apply for the above KG premises for relocation. The EDB will accord priority to Scheme-KGs applying for relocation. Applications for operating new KGs would only be considered if no suitable applicants are found for relocation.
The EDB will assess each application based on the criteria endorsed by the School Allocation Committee (SAC) for selecting suitable applicant bodies. The KG to be operated needs to fulfil basic criteria, including offering a full local curriculum, free half-day programme in principle (except under special circumstance that charging school fee is required) and school fees of whole-day programme at low level, etc.
Quality of education is the prime consideration in selecting the suitable applicant bodies. The EDB will take into account the operation plan of the applicant bodies, track record of the KGs and their needs for relocation (if applicable). For applications for operating a new KG, overall track record of all schools under the applicant body are considered. For applications for relocation, the overall condition of the existing KG such as rental issue, the current physical condition and facilities, the demand and supply of KG places in the district where the KG is located and the school’s preparation of relocation plan, etc. When reviewing the track record of the applicant body, the EDB mainly considers three aspects including School Administration and Management, Caring and Support for Children and Parents, and Learning and Teaching. Details are as follows:
School Administration and Management Level: including whether there are non-compliance practices, support for government policies, leadership and management capabilities of the school, school’s performance in daily operation, support from SSBs/operators and liaison and collaboration with external organisation(s), etc.
Caring and Support for Children and Parents: including whether the school can maintain caring culture and nurture positive values in children, performance in supporting children’s diversity and their individual needs, measures to promote home-school communication and parent education, etc.
Quality of Learning and Teaching: including whether the school can provide quality curriculum as well as learning and teaching, appropriate play and learning activities in alignment with the curriculum, timetabling, arrangement of activity space, and measures to cater for the developmental needs of students, etc.