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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.

  20. madhavi
    June 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    my kid date of birth is 09-10-2012
    which class we join her of cbse syllabus

    • VG
      June 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      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.

  21. madhavi
    June 16, 2016 at 12:02 am

    my daughter D.O.B is 09-10-2012, is she eligible for LKG for cbse syllabus

    • VG
      July 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      She will be eligible for LKG from Next Academic Year 2017-2018.

  22. madhavi
    June 16, 2016 at 12:11 am

    my daughter D. O. B. is 20-08-2014, is she eligible for pre kg1 2016-17 yr

    • VG
      June 16, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      No. You can put her in Montessori this year. She is eligible for the Pre-LG for the Next Academic Year. Thank You.

  23. lavina
    July 17, 2016 at 4:44 am

    My daughter birthday is on 20th

    April 2012.Shall I seek admission for lkg ? Please advise.

    • VG
      July 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      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

  24. murthy m n
    November 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    my son is born on 17-11-2014 can I admit for a pre-nursery on June 2017. kindly suggest me.

    • VG
      November 16, 2016 at 1:54 am

      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

  25. Rekha
    November 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    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.

    • VG
      November 19, 2016 at 1:36 am

      The Right Age for child to get into pre-kg is 2 Years 10 Months to 3 Years as on June 2016. By Now she should be in LKG.

  26. Ravi
    December 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    My daughter date of birth 3/10/2013 which standard i want to put pls help me

    • VG
      December 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      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.

      • Sri Ram
        December 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm

        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?

      • VG
        December 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm

        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

  27. Loganathan
    December 2, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    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!!

    • VG
      December 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Hi, For Next Academic year she will be completing only 3 years. You can put her to Pre-KG in a regular school. VG

  28. Loganathan
    December 5, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for your reply!!She will be able to join her L.K.G in the academic year 2018-2019. Correct me if am wrong.

    • VG
      December 7, 2016 at 12:03 am

      Correct Sir. All the best to your daughter.

  29. Saranya LM
    December 30, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    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

    • VG
      January 1, 2017 at 1:09 am

      Hi, Your daughter is eligible to join for the Pre-KG for 2017-2018 Academic Year. All the Best your daughter.

      • Saranya LM
        January 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        Thank you so much for your reply VG…. and thank u for the clarification….

      • VG
        January 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm

        Thank You Saranya. Do share this information to your Friends and Relatives. All the Best to Your Daughter.

  30. January 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    My child date of birth is13/03/2014

    • VG
      January 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      She is eligible to get admission to Pre-KG for 2017-2018 Academic year. All the Best to her.

  31. sathishkannan
    February 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    my child date of birth is 15/3/2014

    • VG
      February 9, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Your child is eligible for Pre-KG for the Academic Year 2017-2018. All the best to you.

  32. sathishkannan
    February 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you so much for your reply VG and thank you for the clarification..

  33. Umesh R Umesha Ram
    May 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    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

    • VG
      May 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      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

  34. Umesh R Umesha Ram
    May 15, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    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

    • VG
      May 16, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      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

      • Umesh R Umesha Ram
        June 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm

        Thank you so much mam i gave your number to my sister

  35. vivek
    May 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    sir my son was born in 25th September 2014, is eligible for pre-kg (2017) ?

  36. vivek
    May 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    sir my son was born in 25th September 2014, he is eligible for this year (2017) for pre-kg ?

    • VG
      May 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      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

    July 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    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.

    • VG
      August 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      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

  38. sunitha
    September 9, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    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.

    • VG
      September 10, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      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

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