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2024 P1 Registration: Key Dates For Registering Your Child For Primary School in Singapore

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The 2024 P1 Registration Exercise for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents will start Tuesday, 2 July 2024. Here’s all you need to know to register your child.

Families interested in registering their children born between 2 January 2018 and 1 January 2019 (both dates inclusive) for local primary school should take note of the upcoming P1 registration 2024 exercise. All P1 registrations will be conducted online as it was in the past years and there will not be any in-person registration at schools.

P1 registration is conducted over several phases: Phase 1, 2A, 2B and 2C Supplementary apply to children who are Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR). Phase 3 is for international students.

If your child is Singaporean or Permanent Resident and has an older sibling already enrolled in a local primary school, parents are required to submit an application directly to the school from 9am on Tuesday, 2 July 2024 to 4.30pm on Thursday, 4 July 2024 (Phase 1 of the P1 registration process). The primary school where the older sibling is currently studying will provide parents with more details on how to register their younger child. Results will be out Wednesday, 10 July 2024.

For Phases 2A, 2B and 2C, the link to the online form and user guide will be available on the MOE P1 Registration website during the registration periods of the respective phases.

Click on the infographic for key dates for P1 Registration 2024!

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3 schools with cap on intake of PR kids for 2024 P1 Registration

MOE announced in 2020 that there will be a 25 to 30% cap on the intake of PR children at select primary schools, for Phases 2C and 2C Supplementary only so as to “encourage interaction between Singapore citizens and PR children, and facilitate the integration of PR children into Singapore.”

For the 2024 P1 Registration Exercise, there is a PR cap for the following schools:

– Bukit Timah Primary School
– Cantonment Primary School
– Opera Estate Primary School

Are international students eligible for P1 registration?

MOE Kindergarten @ West Spring - Teacher and Students in Classroom
Image Credit: Ministry of Education, Singapore via Facebook

If you are neither a Singaporean citizen nor PR, note that all non-PR foreigners are required to complete an “online indication of interest,” which will only be live from here from 9am on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 to 4.30pm on Monday, 3 June 2024, otherwise you will not be able to register in Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise. Info on documents needed here.

International students (IS) can only register for P1 during Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise, after all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents have been allocated a place under the earlier phases. You will be notified by October 2024 whether your child can be offered a P1 place. Check out the Ministry of Education’s specific instructions here

      Read More: Why we chose local Singapore schools for our expat kids

FAQs for P1 Registration

p1 registration singapore process phases
Image credit: MOE

1. After registering interest in June 2024 what comes next?

In October 2024, families selected by MOE as eligible to register will be contacted to bring ALL original documents listed below in person to a designated school for verification. Take note that both parents’ original passports and identity cards will be required so manage travel plans accordingly. More info on documents needed here.

2. How can I update my child’s vaccinations and check what is required?

Regarding vaccinations: To update all vaccination records, you can scan and email all vaccinations along with the child’s FIN number, full name to the Health Promotion Board at [email protected].

Click here to see the Singapore vaccination schedule

3. How can I improve my odds of getting a spot in a local school?

Admission to local schools for foreigners (children without PR or citizenship) is decided at the discretion of the Ministry of Education. All families can do is follow the process by the deadline, submit the required documentation, and hope for a favourable outcome.

4. I hear that even if I am PR, I won’t get a spot in a local school.

This is untrue. All children holding PR or citizenship are guaranteed a spot in a local school. Be sure to review the registration by phases to learn the steps required if your child is not a foreigner.

5. How do I get into a “good school” as a foreigner?

Admission to local schools and choice of schools for foreigners (children without PR or citizenship) is decided at the discretion of the Ministry of Education.

Read More: Expat Reflections after a Year in Local Singapore Primary School

6. I am PR but my child is not, what do we do?

You register during the Phase 3 registration as a non-PR foreigner. The immigration status of the child signals the phase of registration, regardless of the status of the parent.

7. What if our application is denied?

This is a likely outcome. All decisions are final and appeals are not considered. All families should prepare a backup plan for the education of their child should the local school application not succeed.

Read More: Guide to International Secondary Schools in Singapore

8. Can I register next year?

Foreigners wanting to register outside of the P1 registration phases will have to take a rigorous standardized test called the AEIS and admission is at the discretion of the Singapore government. For more information consult the Ministry of Education. Click here to read about one mama’s experience when her son took the AEIS.

9. I want to register my child for a local school but they were not born between 2 January 2018 and 1 January 2019 

Outside of the P1 registration, all foreign children applying for a local school must take the AEIS exam. Admission to the school is at the discretion of the Singapore government. For more information, consult the Ministry of Education!

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