Children in Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens will from next year enjoy priority to enrol in primary schools that share the same compound as their kindergartens.
The move aims to help children better adjust to Primary 1, with more cooperation between the kindergarten and primary school.
For instance, the kindergartens could share information on the children’s progress with the primary school teachers so that they are more aware of their pupils’ needs.
The key role of the MOE kindergartens is to raise the standards of early childhood education. So its expanding involvement and presence in the pre-school sector is a boon to children from poorer families who have less access to good-quality education in their early years.
A third of the kindergarten places go to children from disadvantaged homes; and priority is given to those who have a sibling studying there and who live within within 1 km of the kindergarten.
By 2023, MOE will have 50 kindergartens, all located in neighbourhoods where there will be high demand for quality pre-schools.
Currently, there are 15 MOE-run kindergartens, with a dozen of them co-located in primary schools.
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