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Primary 1 (P1) registration

You can prepare and register your child for Primary 1 (P1) through the P1 registration process. Learn about it and how to get started.


Details of the 2020 P1 registration exercise will be updated in May. Join our mailing list to receive an alert when registration details are available.

What is Primary 1 registration

Primary 1 registration is a process to register your child for mainstream primary schools in the following year.

While primary school education is compulsory for all Singapore Citizens (SC), the P1 registration process is also applicable to Permanent Residents (PR) and international students.

You will have additional considerations:

If your child is a Singaporean living overseas

You can choose to register your child:

  • At your preferred school or in person in any eligible phase.
  • Online in Phase 2C or 2C Supplementary.
  • Through email.

Note: You can find details on email registration when you prepare your documents.

Leave of absence

If your child is allocated a place in a school through the P1 registration process but is unable to return to Singapore to start school in January, you can apply for a Leave of Absence (LOA)


  • You can register your child under Phase 1 of the P1 Registration Exercise if an older sibling is currently on LOA from the same primary school.
  • If an older sibling was previously on LOA and has finished studying in the same primary school, your child can only be registered under Phase 2A(2).
If your child has special educational needs

If your child has special educational needs, you may choose one of the following educational options:

Learn more about support for children with special educational needs.

If your child is assessed to be unready or unsuitable for P1

If your child has been medically assessed to be unready or unsuitable for P1, you may apply for a deferment .

If your child is an international student

International students are children who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents.

If your child is an international student, you should refer to our P1 registration process for international students for details on registering in an MOE primary school.

Check when your child is eligible for P1 registration

You can register your child in the 2020 P1 Registration Exercise if your child is born between 2 January 2014 and 1 January 2015 (both dates inclusive).

Key steps

Before registration

Choose a school

Choosing a school for your child depends on a balance between their needs and your preferences. Learn about the considerations when choosing a school, and how the distance between your home and school can be a factor.

Prepare for registration

P1 registration takes place over several phases. Find out your child's eligible phases, key dates and documents required for registration.

During registration

Vacancies and balloting updates

Primary school vacancies and balloting statuses will be updated on a daily basis when registration phases are active.

After registration

After you register

Find out what to do after you have registered your child for P1.