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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87 thoughts on “Right Age to start Schooling for Your Child

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  1. 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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

  2. 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?

    • 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

  3. 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

    • 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.

    • You can join for the Pre-KG this Academic Year. To get a admission to the LKG She should be 3 Years and 10 Months Old on 01-Jun-2016. Next year she can join for the LKG. Thank You.

    • Hi, She is eligible for LKG for the current Academic year only. Do check with your near school. All the best to You daughter. VG

    • By June 2017 Your child will be 2 years and 6 Months old. You can put him to the Play school near your Home.
      For Pre-Kg admission child should be 2 Years 10 Months to 3 Years old by June. You can put him to regular school from June 2018. Hope will help you, All the bet to Your Son. Thank You. VG

  4. My daughter D.O.B is 06-09-2012 and she is studying in Pre kg. is it right age for her? what is right age for admit LKG?
    Please advise me.

    • June 1st 2017 she will be completing 3 years and 8 Months only. You can join her for LKG at a CBSE school. For ICSE school child should 4 Years as on June 1st 2017 to get admission to lkg. Check with school and admit her to the best school. All the Best to Your Daughter.

      • My son’s DOB is 10th Aug 2013. CBSE schools in Pune are not accepting his LKG admission as he is 9 days late (31st July) is the cutoff. I remember that CB allowed a one month extension earlier, so it is unfortunate that my kid (and many others like him) will lose a year due to a mere 10 days. Any suggestions? ICSE? Or is that even more strict? IB/other/state board?

      • Dear Sir, According to the CBSE rule a child should be 3years 10 Months to get admission to the LKG. Some schools are very particular about this and will not give admission to the child. Some schools are flexible with this rule and will take the children please search for the such school in your city. otherwise also no problem you please enroll your child for the LKG Next Year. As the child counselors suggest that if child loose one year also one problem, it will be good for the child in future. Thank You. All the Best to your Son. VG

  5. Hi. My daughter has born in july 2014. Shall i join her in LKG for the next academic year. I am bit confused with her age criteria. Kindly clarify . Thanks in advance!!

  6. Hi … My daughter born on Mar 2014. By 2017 Mar she is exact 3 years, so I thought to put her in Pre-KG CBSE in 2017-2018 academic year. so is that correct age for her to study Pre-KG or should I put her in LKG. Pls clarify..

    Thank you

  7. Hi mam Thank you for valuable information
    How to join my sisters daughter to school,because they both are not completed education my sister thinking about how to face counselling,interview in school please give me your valuable suggestion to join our kid to school, our child DOB is 27/4/2017

    • Hi Sir,
      I am happy to know this. When Your sister’s daughter turns 2 years old in 2020 June she is will be eligible to get into Pre-KG in any CBSE School. In 2019 Aug-Sep is the right time to start searching for the school. Ask your sister to visit near by schools and get know when the school will be starting the admission process for 2020 Academic Year. According they plan and put their daughter into the school. All the Best to them. For any details You can contact me at 7406626859 in Banalore. VG

  8. Thank you mam But we mentioned there wrong DOB sorry for that Actually The DoB is 27/4/2015 we Understood your suggestion and we have your number definitely i will give your number to my sister Thank you so much

    • Ok. in 2018 June your sister’s daughter will be eligible for the Pre-KG Admission. In Aug Sep 2017 is the Right time to search for the Good School. All the Best to her. Thank You VG

    • Yes He is eligible for pre-kg in the Academic year 2017-2018. Please check with your near by CBSE schools. But by this time all the admissions will be closed. You can put him to a Montessori for one year and try for LKG for the next year 2018-19. All the Best to Him. Thank You VG

  9. My son date of BIRTHDAY 1.04.2014 ;I start the school to CBSE SO I confusing to join nursery or LKG.please clear my doubt.

    • Hi, Sorry for late reply. Your son will be eligible for LKG for the Next Academic Year. This is year you can put him to pre-kg in any school. Thank You. All the Best to Your Son. VG

  10. my son date of birth 25/11/2013. he got admission for LKG(ICSE). As per the rules to take 10th exam he must complete 15 years , but my son age for that time is 14.5 years. So am very much worried about that. please guide me.

    • Don’t Worry. Many ISCE School will follow this pattern LKG-UKG-Prepretary. After 3 years of Nursury then He will goto the 1st Std. Please check with school management regarding this. Thank You VG

  11. My son is Oct 2014 born.he is 3yr of age and shall be completing nursery ( school is cbse board with nursery,lkg and ukg)in Mar 2018 at the age of three yr six month. If he continues in this school, he will complete class 10 in 15 yr and six month.
    We have an option to shift him in good icse school but in that case he will be completing class 10 in 16 yr and six month as school will take him in lower nursery( icse school has lower nursery, lkg and ukg ) We Will be losing one yr as his nursery will be repeated.
    We have transferable job in every three years and in any case he won’t be able to complete class one here at kolkata.
    Please advice weather we should go for change of school at pre nursery level by compromising his one year delay on account of change of school.

    • Sir you can continue with the CBSE school only. Since you are in transferable job ICSC Pattern may vary from place to place. CBSE will be same through the country and pattern also will remain the same. Your son can adjust where ever he studies. Please continue with CBSE. All the best to your Son. Hope this suggestion has help you. VG

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  13. My son date of BIRTHDAY 23.06.2015;I start the school to CBSE SO I confusing to join nursery or LKG. please clear my doubt.

    • By June 2018 Your Son will complete 3 Years only please put him to Pre-KG or Nursery this year. To join LKG child should be 3 years and 10 Months completed as on June. Next year he is eligible to join for the LKG. All the Best to your Son. Thank You. VG

  14. Hi VG, My daughter born on 08-June-2017, I am planning her to put for CBSE. Please help me with the right age i.e. month and year to put her to Pre-KG. So that I will start looking out for schools.

    • Hi Sunil, Thank You for sending the message. Your daughter will be eligible to join for the pre-kg for next Academic Year starting from June 2020-21. Age Limit to Join for pre-kg is 3 Years as on 1st June. You can start searching for the school from this year September only. Visit the school with your daughter’s birth certificate and check with school people. All the Best to Her.

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