The Education Bureau (EDB) has implemented the Kindergarten (KG) Education Scheme (Scheme) starting from the 2017/18 school year. Under the Scheme, KG student admission would, in principle, remain a school-based matter with a view to maintaining the flexibility and diversity of the KG sector and free choice for parents. Besides, parents are required to use a valid registration document issued by EDB for their children’s registration to Scheme-KGs or non-Scheme KGs having joined the “Not More Than One Place for Each Child” measure under the “2024/25 K1 Admission Arrangements” Note
EDB will issue a registration document to each child who can receive education in Hong Kong: the “Registration Certificate for KG Admission” (“RC”) for children who are eligible for receiving subsidy under the Scheme; or the “Kindergarten Admission Pass” (“AP”) if they are not eligible for receiving subsidy (i.e. the parents concerned are required to pay full school fees before deduction of the subsidy). Under the “Not More Than One Place for Each Child” measure, during the period of study in a KG, the registration document of a student would be kept by that KG.
Under special circumstances, some parents may arrange their children to repeat* K1 (in original KG / another KG) or change to another KG in the 2024/25 school year, but it is not yet the right time to retrieve the “RC” / “AP” of their children from the KG currently attending. In such cases, the parents can apply to EDB for a “Provisional Registration Letter” (“PRL”) starting from November 2023 to facilitate their children’s provisional registration to the KGs concern. Please note that if “PRL” is adopted in the registration procedure, on or before the first day of officially attending the KG concerned, parents have to submit the valid “RC” / “AP” of their child to that KG, only then that KG can admit the student concerned. In this connection, the “PRL” applied using this form is valid until 31 August 2024.
Note: The list of the non-Scheme KGs concerned is uploaded to EDB’s website (https://www.edb.gov.hk/k1-admission_e) and will be updated timely.
* The validity period of “RC”, in general, is 3 years. If the parents arrange for their children to repeat their study in certain level and hence receive KG education for more than 3 years due to personal consideration (e.g. individual conditions of the children, family factors, changing schools, etc.), the parents have to pay full school fee before deduction of subsidy under the Scheme. Under special circumstances, parents may apply for extension of the validity period of the “RC”. Application for extension of the validity period of “RC” will only be considered by the Education Bureau on a case-by-case basis for students with special needs. The applicant must provide relevant proof, for example, an assessment report issued by the relevant registered medical practitioner or professional (e.g. paediatrician, psychiatrist, educational psychologist, clinical psychologist, etc.), confirming special needs of the child and the need for the child to pursue KG education for a period longer than the normal three years.