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Right Age to start Schooling for Your Child

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Let me a share an interesting episode with you.  Saturday I met my friend Radha, who was trying to find a good school for her 3-year-old daughter.  She was tired of visiting  schools  and could not find a good school for her daughter because all the school admissions was closed by this time. Like Radha, many parents will be confused and is not aware of the school admission Procedure.

To all my uninitiated women-friends, let me give you some details to find a Right School for your child.

When the Child is 2 years old start collecting details like [School Name, Syllabus, Facilities, Fee Structure, Timings, Distance, Quality of Education] about the schools from your neighbours, Friends, colleagues and relatives.  After collecting the details, plan accordingly and start searching for Right School.

  Remember these points to find  a Right School for Your Child.
1. Syllabus:
      1. CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) [LKG to 12 Std]
      2. ICSE  (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) [LKG to 12 Std]
      3. State Board   [LKG to 12 Std]
      4. Montessori [Only Nursery]

2.  Age and Class Names  [General]
    Schools     Montessori                                  Age
     Pre Kg          Level I                       2 Years 10 Months-3 Years
     LKG               Level II                     3 Years 10 months 4 Years
     UKG              Level III                   4 Years 10 months 5 Years

    [Note: a. Some Schools will have LKG, UKG  and  Preparatory  [ISCE Schools] and will not have Pre-Kg.
                  b. Age Limit may vary from school to school.]

3. Admission Procedure

           1. Collect Application Form the school [Minimum 3 Schools]
           2. Attend Interview along with Child at School.
           3. See the Admission List to confirm the Admission
           4. Enroll the Child to the School.

4. Right Time Start:  From August to March Every Year.
      Example: Say you want Put child to the school in June 2012,  start visiting schools from August 2011 itself and do the follow-up Regularly till the child is enrolled into the School.

Points to Ponder:

  • Always Carry Child’s Birth Certificate[for age proof] When ever you visit the school for an Enquiry.
  • Try to Select the school near to the home [with in 3-4 Kilometers Radius]. 
  • Don’t Change the Schools Frequently.

All Best To find a Right School for your Child

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  1. Mallika
    May 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Great article VJ, wish I had this as a checklist when I ran around for admissions!

    • May 18, 2011 at 3:57 am

      Thanks Mallika for your comments.

  2. Shashi
    June 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Now I have a checklist before I have a kid!!! Easy for me.Thanks :)

    • June 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

      Thanks for your valueable comments.

  3. Roopa
    June 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Definitely a great list for moms like me. Will help me when i am back in b’lore. Thanks a lot

    • June 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

      Thanks for your valuable comments.

  4. Sandeeo
    August 29, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Thanks a lot..

  5. jasmine mini
    March 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    vey useful information. Many parents are do not know about the age for schooling thank u.

    • March 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Hi, Thanks for comments and Do pass information to your friends and relatives

  6. uday
    July 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks a lot…

  7. jkhare
    April 16, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Great information thanks

    • April 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you for writing the comment. Do share this information to your friends.

  8. suba
    February 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    My son was born on 30/05/2014 which standard I want to put please help me……

    • VG
      February 11, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      You can approach the school in the month of Aug/Sep 2016 to put your child to the pre-kg for the Next Academic Year 2017-18 for the regular school.
      If your opting for a Montessori school you can put him this year June 2016 itself.
      Thank You

  9. ranjani mohan
    March 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    my daughter born on 14.05.2013 coming may she complete 3 years, she is eligible for L.K.G or not?

    • VG
      March 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Hi, If the school have 3 years nursery as LKG, UKG and Preparatory your daughter is eligible for LKG for this Academic year. If the school has Pre-KG, LKG and UKG then she is eligible for Pre-LKG this year and LKG for next Academic year [2017-18]. Please check with school about this and According Enroll your Daughter. All the best You and Your Daughter. I Wish Her to get the seat in a Good School. Thank You VG

  10. Beena
    March 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    my son was born on 2nd dec 2012, shall we made admission in june 2016 for lkg

    • VG
      March 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Age Limit for LKG will be 3 Years 10 Months. But You Son will complete only 3 Years 6 Months. He is not eligible for LKG admission this year. You eligible for Next Academic Year 2017-2018. Thank You

  11. Anjali
    March 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    my son was born on 16th September 2012, is he eligible for LKG this year(2016)

    • VG
      March 12, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Hi Anjali,

      According to the CBSE Rule a child be 3 Years 10 Months old to get an admission into LKG for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. But some Schools will take the Children who are born Upto September 30th 2012 for LKG for 2016-2017 Academic Year. You visit the school with your child’s birth certificate and check the school authority. Thank You VG

  12. Ayesha
    March 16, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Hi my twin boys born on 20.01.2014. Is he both r eligible for icse syllabus for lkg next year. ( i.e) 2017-18a

    • VG
      March 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Ayesha, Some ICSE Schools will have LKG-UKG-Preparatory. If the school have this your children are eligible to Join for LKG in June 2017-18 as they will be completing 3 Years 6 Months. If the School has Pre-KG,LKG and UKG Pattern they eligible for Pre-KG in 2017-18 Academic Year. Start Contacting the School from August 2016 for details for next Academic Year. All the Best to You.

  13. abinav
    March 24, 2016 at 1:52 am

    My son date of birth is 8.5.2013. We joined in pre kg. This is wrong or write.

    • VG
      March 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Abinav. by 8.5.2016 your Son will complete three years and It is Right decision to join him for Pre-kG. After that he will study LKG and UKG.
      All the best to You Son.

  14. kamala
    March 24, 2016 at 1:59 am

    My son was born on 08.05.2013. He is eligible for lkg

  15. Priyanga
    March 28, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    My daughter is born on 22nd March 2013. What will be the right date to join my baby on LKG.. May I join pre-kg on oct and LKG on next june.. Pls guide me sir/madam

    • VG
      March 29, 2016 at 12:34 am

      You can Enroll her for Pre-KG from this June 2016 As she is eligible for the same. For Next Academic Year You can Enroll her for the LKG. Check with near by school in your area. Thank You. All the Best to Her.

  16. mathi
    April 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    my paapa born on jan 2015.
    when can join her play school or else pre kg

    • VG
      April 25, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Thank You Mathi for sending the comment. For the Regular School You can join your Paapa in June 2018. [Paapa will be 3 Years old]. We you are planning to join him for Montessori Stream You can join him by June 2017. Generally Montssori will admit the child when he or she is 2 Years Old. All the Best to Your Paapa. Do get Magic pot book for Your Paapa when he turns 3 years old. This will help your child’s allround development. Thank you. VG

  17. muruli
    April 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    My son was born is 04.11.2014 he is giblets for montessori

    • VG
      April 28, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Thank You Muruli for Writing the comments. Your Son will be Eligible for Montessori when he turns two years old. They will admit him to Play group. You can join him for the Montessori in June 2017 as he will be 2 Years and 6 Months old. All the Best to Your Son. VG

  18. vipin
    May 20, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Hi, is pre kg a must for a child? the DOB of my daughter is 03 Sep 2014, what should be the ages when she should start pre kg [ if needed] lkg / ukg. Also im a little confused abut pre kg, montessori / lkg / ukg and the age limits ! could you please help?

    • VG
      May 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Hi, Thank You for sending the comment. Yes It is required. Child starts Pre-kg when she is 2 years and 10 Months completed. After this she will study LKG and UKG before joining to 1st Standard in Regular school[ICSC/CBSE] Montessori will also provide 3 years Nursery Education Starting from Playgroup to Level 1 and Level 2. After this your daughter should join to the Regular school for 1st standard. Your daughter can start the Pre-kg from 2017-18 Academic Year. for this admission process will start from August 2016 only. Do visit the schools do get more details. All the best to her. VG

  19. R.shamuga sundaram
    May 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hi,my son DOB is 10/3/2013 ,is he eligible for pre-kg or shall i put him in LKG.if i put him on LKG, whether it will affect in age limit in 10 th standard.pls guide me

    • VG
      May 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Hi, Your Son is eligible for Pre-KG for this Academic Year. Put him to LKG Next Year only as it will affect during his 10 Standard. Thank You.

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