Primary One Registration

Primary One Registration!

Phase 1, Phase 2A(1), Phase 2A(2), Phase 2B and etcetera….Before one begins to complete the Primary 1 registration forms, one has to stare (probably with confused faces!) at the various phases staring back at them! Does Primary 1 registration sound daunting to you? Well, it certainly was to me and hubby.

With the various registration phases, criteria, terminologies, choices of schools and even the prospect of having to go through balloting; all these just to ensure a place in the school for compulsory formal education, did seem like a battle itself to me and my husband!

Years back, finding a matrimonial home to be in close proximity to a ‘branded school’ was certainly not top on our minds and criteria. We were in a situation of ‘had to move here’ rather than a ‘want to move here’ as we needed a home to call our own after getting married!  

Few years after residing in our estate, we came to know from various sources that the co-education primary school (commonly known as Co-Ed or mixed gender) located across the street from our apartment block, is actually quite popular and supposedly one of the ‘good neighbourhood’ schools in the cluster of our area. Not located far off, there is also a single gender primary school; which is located within a few hundred meters’ radius from our residency.

When our firstborn was four years old, my husband was adamant that his preferred choice of primary school would be the Co-Ed school. Although I was still undecided then, I did understand his unwavering choice stemmed from the fact that the school was of closer proximity coupled with its supposedly ‘good neighbourhood school’ reputation!

Before long, the time arrived when we had to seriously consider ‘to do’ or ‘not to do’ Parent Volunteer (PV). 

After deliberating, we downloaded and completed the PV application form; easily obtained from the website of the Co-Ed primary school which my husband was adamant about!

For those that are unaware yet, PV application and volunteering itself happens the year preceding Primary One registration (or 2 years depending on the school). Which basically means, majority of parents will need to submit the application and perform PV in the year your child turns five (or even four)! Additionally, completing the PV form is not simply a form filling exercise of obtaining personal details of parents and child. Based on our personal experience, questions included what we can do, how much time we can commit and one interesting question related to any specialized skills set that we could offer the school. In short, we put in a fair amount of effort for the PV form but alas did not receive a positive response from the school. What we learnt is that being accepted for PV is not a given; as in one may not be selected for PV work even after submitting an application! Why so? Simply because the supply of PV usually outstrips the demand! One should also note that being accepted for PV does not guarantee your child a place in the school! Yes, even after you have put in hours and sweat for PV! Another note of caution is that each school is likely to have their own set of guidelines governing PV application and the volunteer work itself. These differences could include, but not limited to the volunteering duration, PV criteria, registration period and etcetera. Hence, it is advisable to email or call up the school of your choice to enquire. 

Few months after our unsuccessful PV application, we received an email from the Ministry Of Education (MOE) in May, informing us of available information for Primary One (P1) Registration Exercise that can be found on the MOE website itself. It suddenly dawned on me that we had to get down with some serious research work as any decision made, will affect our children and the family.

As such, we began our research work by reading and sought a better understanding of our shortlisted schools from the schools’ website, online forums where parents shared about the schools as well as from friends or acquaintances. While performing one such online research, we chanced upon information that the single gender primary school within our residential estate was conducting an information sharing session for parents going through P1 registration process. We signed up for the session without hesitation as it was an opportune time to know more about the school. We also brought our child along too. We were thankful that we had managed to speak to parents or even teachers of our shortlisted schools for us to have a better understanding of the schools as well as to address considerations that we had. Some considerations to bear in mind include proximity from home, location, logistics feasibility, school values, programs that the schools offer and etcetera. 



Phase and Eligibility


For children who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

Phase 1

For a child who has a sibling studying in the primary school of choice

All children registered under this phase will be given places in the schools

Phase 2A(1)

(a) For a child whose parent is a former student of the primary school and who has joined the alumni association as a member not later than 30 June 2017

(b) For a child whose parent is a member of the School Advisory / Management Committee


Phase 2A(2)

(a) For a child whose parent or sibling has studied in the primary school of choice

(b) For a child whose parent is a staff member of the primary school of choice

(c) For a child from the MOE Kindergarten under the purview of and co-located with the primary school of choice


Phase 2B

(a) For a child whose parent has joined the primary school as a parent volunteer not later than 1 July 2017 and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by 30 June 2018

(b) For a child whose parent is a member endorsed by the church / clan directly connected with the primary school

(c) For a child whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader


Phase 2C

For all children who are eligible for Primary One in the following year and are not yet registered in a primary school

Option of:


Primary One Internet System (P1-IS) online registration




Registration at school

Phase 2C Supplementary

For a child who is not yet registered in a primary school after Phase 2C

Option of:


Primary One Internet System (P1-IS) online registration




Registration at school

For children who are not Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

Phase 3

Only for non-Singapore Citizen (SC) / non-Permanent Resident (PR) children who have indicated their interest and are informed by MOE in October 2018 that they can be offered a P1 place

IMPORTANT: All non-SC / non-PR children are required to first submit an online indication of interest form.


Note: Information extracted from and is correct as of 27 Apr 2018.

Based on the table above, there are different phases for P1 registration. In other words, there are various routes that one can consider taking to aid in qualifying for the different phases of registration. However, the duration and level of commitment will differ depending on your option. It is advisable to plan and get yourself ready early. 

Whist proximity was one of the major consideration to us, we learnt that the nearest school may not necessarily be the most suitable for our child. There are schools that place more emphasis on academic achievements, in sports, arts and others more focused on holistic development. Bearing all these in mind, one has to consider the child’s interest and not expect our child to live our dreams.

It is advisable for one to do research on the schools in the vicinity of your residence in order to better understand each school’s offerings.

Different schools may have the same but certainly also different additional programmes and/or activities that are provided to enrich as well as holistic environment for their students. 

But regardless of each school’s strengths, we are confident that all schools have their students’ development and interests at the core of their planning.

Content Source: Mummy Jocelyn
Edited By: Preschool Resources
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Preschool Resources.

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