The Department of Education (DepEd) released a policy to determine who are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten and Grade 1 for SY 2018-2019, applicable for both public and private schools.
In a press release, DepEd reiterated that children who are five (5) years old by June 1 of every calendar year shall be accepted in Kindergarten by both public and private schools, pursuant to the DepEd’s issuance of the “Amendment to DepEd Order No. 47, S. 2016.
The policy has been amended by the education department, through DepEd Order No. 20, series of 2018 or DO 20, which emphasized that the application of the cut-off age that applies to both public and private schools, and in exercise of its authority vested by Republic Act 10157 (An Act Institutionalizing the Kindergarten Education into the Basic Education System and Appropriating Funds Therefor) to regulate the organization, operation and/or implementation of the Kindergarten program for both public and private schools.
Who are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten and Grade 1?
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, DO 20 provided for adjustments in the age cut-off period. Thereby, 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.
Private schools are still allowed under DO 20 to add requirements for admission to Kindergarten that are consistent with existing laws and rules.
The following transitory provisions of DO 20 shall apply to all Kindergarten and Grade 1 enrollees, in both public and private schools, who may be affected by the policy.
For the upcoming SY 2018-2019, 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. Meanwhile, learners who will turn five years old within SY 2018-2019 shall be accepted in Kindergarten granted that they pass the Philippine ECD checklist.
Example of Early Childhood Development Checklist (Revised 2015)
Learners who completed Kindergarten in SY 2018-2019 are allowed to enroll in Grade 1 for SY 2019-2020 as long as they turned five years old within SY 2018-2019, while incoming Kindergarten for SY 2019-2020 must strictly comply with the cut-off age policy of DepEd Order 47, s. 2016, as amended.
By SY 2020-2021, strict compliance to DO 20’s amended enrollment procedure shall be imposed on all incoming Kindergarten and Grade 1 learners.