By Peter Stevenson
Parents and guardians of kindergarten and primary school children will be able to register them on January 8 and 9 for the 2014-2015 academic year, the education ministry announced.
“Parents who do not register their children during the aforementioned dates will need to apply to their relevant education district office which will then decide where to register the child taking into consideration the nearest school that will have vacancy so as not to cause any problems,” the ministry said.
For children aged between four years and eight months old and five years and eight months old, preschooling is obligatory.
Lists of local community and approved private kindergarten’s can be found on the ministry’s website www.moec.gov.cy under the primary education department in the school lists.
Children of all nationalities have the right to be registered at schools on the island regardless of whether their parents are permitted to live in Cyprus.
Only children who are at least four years and eight months old before September 1 of this year will be permitted to register for preschool.
Children aged five years and eight months old or over on September 1 of this year will be accepted for registration in the first year of primary schools.
Registration is based on residence location. The revised educational regions for the 2014-2015 academic year can also be found on the ministry’s website.
Educational regions do not apply for children younger than the mandatory age for schooling of between three years old and four years and eight months old.
“Children living within a specific educational region will be given priority to the kindergartens in that region and children who attend kindergartens that are not in that region does not guarantee them a position there once compulsory schooling begins,” the ministry said.
All children must have a birth certificate. Passports are deemed to be an official certificate for those born outside of Cyprus.
Photocopies of passports or birth certificates can be accepted if they have been certified by a government official. In cases where parents, for whatever reason, do not possess official documentation then the children can be registered once they have completed a school registration form.
Parents must also bring with them, along with the necessary documentation, two utility bills to prove residency. For children who will enter their first year of primary schooling parents must also bring confirmation that their child attended a certified kindergarten.
Pre-reception pupils and those in the first year of primary school that have older siblings attending the same school will be accepted without confirmation of where they live. These students will be enrolled in the same school provided it does not create any overcrowding problems,” the ministry said.