The Department of Education has announced the age cut-off policy for incoming Kindergarten and Grade 1 students for school year 2018-2019. Find out if your little one is qualified to step up!
- Children who are five years old by June 1 of every calendar year shall be accepted in Kindergarten by both public and private schools.
- Learners entering Kindergarten who will turn five years old by the end of August may be considered by schools provided that they are administered with the Philippine Early Childhood Development (ECD) checklist before the school year opens.
- Recognizing the difference in school year opening among schools, Kindergarten learners should be five years old by July 1, with an extension period until September 30, if their schools open the school year in July; and by August 1, with an extension period until October 31, if their schools open the school year in August.
- Learners who completed Kindergarten in SY 2017-2018 shall be allowed to enroll in Grade 1, given that they turned five years old within SY 2017-2018.
- Learners who will turn five years old within SY 2018-2019 shall be accepted in Kindergarten granted that they pass the Philippine ECD checklist.
- Incoming Kindergarten for SY 2019-2020 must strictly comply with the cut-off age policy.
The above provisions were announced by DepEd, following the issuance of the “Amendment to DepEd Order No. 47, S. 2016” otherwise known as the “Omnibus Policy on Kindergarten Education. These policies are applicable to both public and private schools and providing for transitory provisions to accommodate Kindergarten and Grade One enrollees for SY 2018-2019 and SY 2019-2020.