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For Mums By Mums We explain the new KHDA rules for your children. 
24th October 2017

Which School Year?

We explain the new KHDA rules for your children. 

The KHDA has recently brought in changes to the starting age of school in the UAE, leaving parents confused by what it all means. 
School is compulsory from 6 years old across all curriculum’s in the UAE, this is known as Year 2 or Grade 1, but many youngsters across the country start earlier than this, and all schools have different policies depending on the country curriculum that they follow. 
The KHDA states: “There is an accepted age range for each school grade/year and your chosen school should be able to give you information about this. Your child’s age is calculated as his/her age on the 31st of July for Indian, Pakistani and Japanese curriculum schools, or 31st December for other curricula.”
This means that children must have turned three by December 31 to be enrolled in FS1 and a child who is turning four before December 31 should be in FS2. 
However, many schools, including British curriculum schools follow a guide where the child must be three before August 31 2017 in order to be in FS1. This has confused some parents who have children turning 4 before December 31 and who received a demotion form stating their child is being downgraded to a lower class when in fact the school is running in line with their own country policy or parental preference. 
MLU spoke with the KHDA who referred us to their website for clarification and said to speak to the child’s school to be absolutely clear on their individual policy. 

More information can be found here or parents can get in touch with KHDA by email info@khda.gov.ae. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


However, many schools, including British curriculum schools follow a guide where the child must be three before August 31 2017 in order to be in FS1. This has confused some parents who have children turning 4 before December 31 and who received a demotion form stating their child is being downgraded to a lower class when in fact the school is running in line with their own country policy or parental preference. 
MLU spoke with the KHDA who referred us to their website for clarification and said to speak to the child’s school to be absolutely clear on their individual policy. 

More information can be found here or parents can get in touch with KHDA by email info@khda.gov.ae. 

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