Primary-school registration made easy

SmartParents has the easy guide to getting your child registered for Primary 1. *Information updated for 2018*

Your little one is ready to take the next step and be a big kid — he’ll enter Primary school next year! Indeed, from June to September each year, parents of K2 kids gear up for the Primary One Registration Exercise. If this is your first child, you’re probably panicking about how to get your child into a choice school.

Sure, you might have heard buzzwords like “phase 2A” or “balloting” before, and suddenly, it really matters. We break it down for you:  

1) Choose the best school

This doesn’t mean a school that produces the top grades — but a school that meets your family’s needs: Distance from home, religious affiliation and values. If, for example, you want to enrol both children in the same Primary school eventually, you can’t pick an all-girls school for jie jie, since her little bro can’t join her in that school when it’s his turn. 

Choosing the best school means a school that meets your family’s needs: distance from home, religious affiliation and values.

A school that’s not too far from home not only reduces transport costs, it also cuts down on the commute. Plus, if you stay within 1km of it, you get priority — as long as you stay at this address for a minimum of two-and-a-half years from the start of the registration exercise.

You might also get a foot into your choice of school earlier, through your affiliations with religious groups or clans, or if your school of choice has a parent-volunteer scheme (more details on the next page).

2) Registration day necessities

On the day of the relevant registration phase, you’ll need to turn up in person from 8 to 11am or 2.30 to 4.30pm at the Primary school of your choice.

You must have the relevant documents: Singapore citizens will need to produce their child’s birth certificate, NRIC of both parents and the child’s immunisation certificates. Singapore permanent residents and other non-citizens can visit this site for a list of the documents you need to present. 

If a friend or relative is registering on your behalf, he or she may also need to show a letter of authorisation from you, as well as the necessary eligibility documents, if applicable, for the various phases.

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