The majority of children complete a two-year programme in an ESF International Kindergarten before moving on to an ESF primary school. We actively encourage children to enrol for two full years of kindergarten so they can enjoy all the benefits of the programme.
The following information will help you to understand and support your child through the admissions processes.
Children admitted to the kindergarten should be able to engage with an English medium, inquiry-based curriculum. Foreign passport holders will receive priority over local passport holders.
Priority will be based on the following ranked criteria:
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 form||Start date in K1 class|
|January – December 2018||1 – 30 September 2020||August 2021|
|January – December 2019||1 – 30 September 2021||August 2022|
|January – December 2020||1 – 30 September 2022||August 2023|
|January – December 2021||1 – 30 September 2023||August 2024|
*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 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 of HKD 500 applies to all applications. The supporting documents should be sent directly to our Kindergarten by registered mail. You will thereafter be invited to attend a Play Session. The purpose of the Play Session is to see your child in our Kindergarten and assess whether we can meet their needs within our setting. Your child will be invited to take part in informal ‘play’ activities with a small group of children of the same age. It will be conducted by our experienced teaching staff and the whole process should take no longer than 30 minutes.
Please note the expectations at the Play Session are that:
Applications for K2 or for K1 outside the September admissions period, may be made at any time.
If your child is going to withdraw from the kindergarten, please complete and submit the Student Withdrawal Form via the ESF App at least one calendar month before the last attendance date.
If you are withdrawing your child at the end of this academic year, please complete and submit the Student Withdrawal Form via the ESF App on or before 1 June. Otherwise, we will assume that your child is returning after summer and parents are liable to the tuition fees for September even if the student does not return to school.
*Your debenture on account will not be redeemed without the one-month advance notice of withdrawal.
Should you have any enquiries regarding student withdrawal, please contact the school administrator for assistance.
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