Application Procedures

K1 aged children commence kindergarten in August each year. Each kindergarten will receive applications for K1 in accordance with the table below:

Child born between Submit application from Start date in K1 class
January – December 2014 1 – 31 October 2016 August 2017
January – December 2015 1 – 30 September 2017 August 2018
January – December 2016 1 – 30 September 2018 August 2019
January – December 2017 1 – 30 September 2019 August 2020

No child will be able to attend kindergarten prior to their allocated academic year.

Effective from August 2017, Applications to K1 are invited from 1 September to 30 September of the year prior to admission. Applications should be submitted using the online application system HERE before 1 September will receive no advantage or priority. All applications will be processed after the end of September. Places will be offered first to applications received during September. Applications for K1 received after the end of September will be allocated a place on the waiting list in accordance with their priority and date of application.  An application fee applies to all applications.

Play Visits for K1 Applications

Starting in December each year, kindergartens will invite children to attend the school for a visit.  The child must be accompanied by their parents.  The purpose of the visit is for the kindergarten to observe the children, talk with the parents and determine whether the setting is appropriate for the child.  It also enables parents to hear about the curriculum view the premises, and to decide whether they wish to proceed with the application. 

Children may be invited back to the kindergarten for a second visit if the school needs further information on the child. The kindergarten may involve the special educational needs advisor in this visit. 

Kindergartens will offer places to successful applicants after the visits have taken place.  In some cases, offers of a place may be conditional upon a second or subsequent visit to the kindergarten, occasionally, parents may be requested to make additional arrangements to support their child when in kindergarten. 

For K1 – applications to ESF kindergartens for 2018/19 – key dates

1 -30 September Central application period for parents to submit application:

Acknowledgement email containing applicant’s reference number will be sent upon submission

First Friday of October Deadline for receipt of supporting documents
 1-30 October Parents will NOT receive any notification letters this month

Application forms will be verified, parents will be contacted if there are any missing documents

Applications are processed in random order and are assigned a computer generated sequential number and then ordered according to the priority criteria.

Mid-December Parents receive interview status notification letters.

  • Invitation to interview with guaranteed place if successful; or
  • Invitation to interview with entry wait list place if successful; or
  • Confirmation of wait listing for possible future interview opportunity.
Late January First round interviews conducted at kindergartens
Late February – early March Parents receive letter with interview result
March to August Further interviews conducted by kindergartens as necessary

Applications for K2, or for K1 outside the September admissions period, may be made at any time. Places are limited, but may become available during the academic year. If no place is immediately available your child’s application will be added to our waitlist in accordance with their priority and date of application.


Taking up a Place

The securing of a place after an offer has been made requires (1) the purchase (at a cost of HK$7,000) of a refundable debenture and (2) payment in advance of the first month’s school fees.

If a child is withdrawn from the kindergarten prior to the commencement of the academic year, the first month’s school fees will not be refunded and the debenture will not be redeemed unless two months’ advance written notice is provided to the kindergarten.

Refundable Debenture

One refundable debenture (at a cost of HK$7,000) must be acquired for each child attending the kindergarten before entry of such child into the kindergarten.

The refundable debenture will be redeemed on the earlier of: (a) the date the child (for whom this debenture was acquired) graduates from the kindergarten, which is normally at the end of K2, or (b) the expiry of 2 months’ notice in writing to the kindergarten of the child’s withdrawal from kindergarten provided that all fees due to ESL have been fully paid at that date.

Allocation of Places at the Kindergarten

All applications received during September will be processed and sorted by computer generated random number and priority.

Applications will be allocated either a morning or an afternoon session. Care will be taken to ensure that twins and siblings of attending children are allocated the same session. The kindergartens will take account of the needs of the overall kindergarten community when making offers.

The process for making offers for K1 will start in December. Working through the list, parents and children are invited for a visit where the staff will meet and observe the children and talk with the parents. Parents can hear about the curriculum, view the premises and decide whether they wish to proceed with the application. Children may be invited back for a second visit. The purpose of the visit is to determine whether the kindergarten is an appropriate setting for the child.

Offers of places will be made after the visits and will continue to be made until all places are filled. Some parents and children may not be invited for a kindergarten visit in the event that places have been filled.

If a place becomes available at a later date, parents and children on the waiting list may be invited to visit the kindergarten.

Successful applicants will be issued with a contract after the visit. The session, either morning or afternoon, will be advised in the contract. To take up the place, parents are required to sign the contract, purchase a debenture and pay the first month’s fee in advance.

Unallocated applications will remain in their designated place on the waiting list.

General applications received outside of the September application period, after the deadline of 30 September, will be allocated a place on the waiting list in accordance with their priority and by date of application.

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