MOE: Revised Minimum Age for Admissions

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced that children must now be four years old to enter the Kindergarten year in schools. Previously, the minimum age was three years, eight months. Kindergarten (KG) is equivalent to FS2 in the British curriculum.
MOE: Revised Minimum Age for Admissions
By Jenny Mollon
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Children must now be a minimum of four years old to enrol in KG1/FS2 in school, according to the UAE’s Ministry of Education. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com understands that Dubai’s education regulator,  the KHDA, is considering the changes and will issue their own guidance for the schools within their remit in due course.

Prior to this new ruling, children were able to enter KG1 aged 3 years 8 months, the requirement being that they turn 4 by December 31st.  

Under the new MoE ruling, children will be able to enter KG1 (termed FS2 in the British curriculum) from age four, and Grade 1 (or Year 2 in British schools) age 6-8 years.  

The new age boundaries will be applicable for the 2021-22 academic year, which begins in August 2021. There will be “no exceptions” to the minimum age ruling.

The Ministry of Education will also change the date of calculating the age of admission for students in private schools that follow Indian, Pakistani and Japanese curricula. For these schools, the academic term begins in April and the new rules will apply from April 2022.

The announcing came following a virtual meeting of the UAE’s Education and Human Resources Council.

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