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What’s Right Age for Admission in Nursery and First Standard, Pune Schools, India?

I installed a new plugin which tells me what people are searching on my blog. Right age popped up too many times for me to advice on.

Indirectly, I am being shouldered more responsibility by young parents in answering this very confusing yet important question.

I am glad I never had this doubt mainly because I was part of the confusion for my parents. When it was my turn  to be admitted into school at the age of 4 years, my father was transferred from Khadakpur to Dhanbad.  There was some confusion about the academic year being in January in Dhanbad as compared to June in Khadakpur, or vice versa.

So my parents preferred to work hard to get my elder sis admitted to the school. After they went through all the hassle, they decided I could wait for another year. I was happy as I never wanted to goto school for a long time. So to cut the story short, I was always the oldest in my class which I used to proudly declare until we were in Calcutta. Then as I grew older, giving away age became more and more difficult. But thankfully that tale ended in engineering as there,  no one was interested in age. ;)

I was always very sensitive. So I shudder to even imagine had I been admitted a year earlier by my parents to a school, I would have turned into a totally different personality. The confidence and learning is directly related to age. Don’t you feel much confident today as compared to 10 years back? This same 10 years is equivalent in my opinion to 10 months when a child is as young as 4 years. What I mean is when kids are young, then every month is equivalent to a year in terms of learning and overall development.

Imagine the intake, the ability to grasp, to comprehend, to execute, to understand, to communicate, to talk, to listen and many other intelligence related terms. Now take a baby of three years age and compare with another who is six months older, so 3.5 years old. The second baby has 6 months of excess exposure in all areas as compared to the first baby who is only 3 years old.

Ok we may say that what if both babies know the same stuff as they have been going to a similar playschool together. Even if the knowledge level may be same, there is no way that the emotional and physical development of the younger baby can match to that of the older baby. We all know of the monthly mile charts handed over by the hospitals or pediatricians. Is it not very obvious that with each month there is a new skill that a baby learns, and it would be foolish on the parents’ part to expect that their baby reaches it earlier that expected by a normal child.

A baby starts crawling at the age of  4-6 months and starts walking after 9-12 months and starts blabbering between 10 months to 3 years.
So all children,  if normal,  have a time – range in which they WILL pick a skill. Just because your kid starts walking in the 8th month, do you force him/her to start running the next month?
Like good parents we let the child run when he/she is ready.
Then why do we want to push our children into academics from where there is literally no turning back. Why are we parents so keen to see our kids going to higher class than his/her age permits and feel proud of that mistake?
As per Indian laws a girl is not ready to become a mother before she is 18 years old. Why? Simply because she is physically underdeveloped till 18 years to provide proper nutrition to a baby who will be actually using her body to grow for 9 full months!

Why some parents rush through and want their kids to be admitted early than the age allowed by our Supreme Court? Why Supreme Court has to even pass such a ruling? Do we parents lack that basic common sense to even allow our kids to grow normally like a baby deserves! ( I had this similar feeling when police has to force people to wear helmets to protect their heads! How ridiculous?)
I think I know the answer as again I went through it personally. My first son is Jun 2003 born and hence went through the classes as per the required age criteria. But my second son is Nov 2004 born. I was hassled to my wits bringing up two nearly same aged babies. So to take a breather I chose to admit the first one to  Head Start (6 months) and then to Kangaroo Kids, playschool when he was only 2 years old. He went about his playschool, nursery, LKg as per the schools.

So when the younger one turned 1.5 yrs, he too started his playschool. But since schools begin new sessions in June, he was 6 months younger for his playgroup. Playgroup age is 2-3yrs. I continued his Nursery in Kider Brook. But he remained 6 months younger, but obvious!  So when I had the option I chose to make him go though his LKg = Nursery in DPS again. I am extremely happy with this decision. He is learning at his own pace, no pressure on him from the class teacher, from me or any one else. Not that I give a damn to other people’s opinion when it comes to my kids development and future.

So the time when your child WILL absorb and respond is very much dependent on his/her age. By pushing them early into academics will not turn them into any Einstein/ Leonardo Da Vinci. They were geniuses born with the IQ which had initially labelled them failures and drop-outs! We do not want to see such drastic future for our kids as both were never recognized in their lifetime and had miserable life. So dear parents chill, and follow the right age as mentioned by the Supreme Court.

Here is the age of your child in June of new academic year that you can take a cue from and decide if your child is fit  or underage for a class.

6 year - 7 year = Should in Std 1

5 year to 6 year = Should be in Sr Kr = Prep

4 year - 5 year = Should be in Jr Kg = Nursery (a few schools call it by this name)

3 year - 4 year =  Should be in Nursery = Playschool

2 year - 3 year = Should be at home / Playschool Interaction / No ABCs please

And for your child’s sake,  do not think he/she will loose a year … that’s absurd… how can anyone loose a year.…when the next birthday cake will no doubt get one extra candle!  :)

Age is not lost … Age is always gained!  Go watch the movie PAA …..


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Madhurie Singh is a mom of two young boys who have been the reason and inspiration this site. She is an award winning blogger since 2001. She has been honored and quoted by Google, CNBC TV 18, Times of India, DNA, She is a Software Engineer and a Master in International Business but has consciously chosen to follow her passion of being with her children, blogging her parenting experiences, reviewing products for children. As an education evangelist, she has helped precisely 30915 parents with her consulting and the lovely 3k-20k readers, social media daily followers. She is on the boards of several schools and playschools in Pune, bridging the gaps between the parents and these schools. Madhurie Singh is a true autodidact and believes that the best idea for an entrepreneur is to find a simple solution to the most bugging problem in the lives of people you love!


  1. Great insight n experience sharing. Thanks

  2. My daughter birth is 4 Aug 2012….is she eligible for nursery in 2015-2016 batch

  3. Savita Sameer Bakre

    Hi my son is 25-10-2012,by schools criteria he is alligible for nursery… I feel 2.8 for nursery is too early
    Please guide

  4. Hi Madhuri,

    In gujarat fix the age criterion to 5 years completed in May 31st for first standard. Gujarat is a only the state who fixed criteria for standard 1 under GSEB. In CBSE is depends on state rules. But all CBSE and ICSCE schools in Gujarat are own critieria i.e. 5.5+ years in Dec.31st, 5.5+ in March 31st etc, Which is one type of Cheating with every parents.

  5. Hello Madhurie,

    I’m a father of 2.10 years baby girl and I took a correct decision as per your table:
    @3.4 years – Nursary (Jun – 2015)
    @4.4 years – L KG (Jun – 2016)
    @6.4 years – entry in Std 1. (Jun – 2018) Thanks a lot for this article. Quite helpful.

  6. Hello Madam,

    My daughter is September 2012 born, with a very low weight and every progress of her like walking, talking etc also started late. I want her to be admitted in next year i.e. 2015-16 in Playgroup (at age 2.9 years) and nursery (at age 3.9 years) and so on. Is this decision will be right for her future also, because according to this she will be in class 1st at age of 6.9 years. So at that time any school should not refuse to give her admission in 1st STD, due to upper age criteria. Please suggest me as I am very confused for this.

  7. Hello Madhuri……very informative n important article for every parent…… Im a mother of 22 month son…..was wondering shd i send him to nursery in June 2015?…… Reading this article makes me think again over my decision….

  8. pls fill the contact form on or read the article again.

  9. My son,s birth date is 22 may 2011, so he is now 3.3, i am in a dilemma weather to put him in nursery or in jr kg. Which of this is a good choice…………kindly suggest me …..plz

  10. Hi Madhuri,
    Schools which fix the age criterion to 5+ for first and not greater than 6 as the upper limit .Is that allowed to fix an upper age limit for admission to first standard .

    • Till last year, there were schools following their own rules. But this year onwards, ie 2014, and for 2015 admission, it will be more uniform. There should not be any upper age limit ideally as per RTE. So if any parent complains against a school, then it will be taken up by the education department.


  12. Hi Madhuri, firstly very informative site and great work. have been searching on this age factor. Plz provide your thought…Am sure its kinda repetative question..but plz help…my twin kids are aug 2010 born and are going to LKG this acaedmic year 2014-15..Is this right or shd I still wait another year for them to reach LKG as they have the disadv of being youngest in the class…

  13. Hello mam, my son birth date is 9th Oct 2010, i’m confused his age is for nursery or LKG
    please reply me i’m very worried about his future

  14. my baby is 2 & 1/2 years old & is it good time to give admission in playgroup school, pl. advice

  15. soo good message Madhurie thank you

  16. soo good message Madhurie thank you

  17. Hi Dear Madam,

    My daughter is in Mont I and her date of birth is 24/09/2009. As per her age calculation she will be completing 6 & half year at the time of 1st standard enrollment. Please kindly guide as we tried to promote her in Mont II in this academic year 2014 – 2015 but her School management denied due to School policies. Please confirm by doing the needful.

    Thanks and warm regards.

    Mrs Smita Swami

  18. my daughter is now 2 year and 3 months old.she is not going to playschool now bt now we r thinking to get admissin,it is not too late na?

  19. Dear Mam.
    My child’s birth date is 29 nov 2007 . He Finished his Std 1 from S.S.C. affiliated school.
    We are trying for ICSE affiliated schools , One of the school has suggested to repeat Std 1 from their School. Is it suggested to repeat the Std , if in case of changing the Board from S.S.C. to I.C.S.E. I feel like he will loose a year. Please suggest me which is better Board CBSE or ICSE , confused about the board selection.

  20. Hi,

    My daughter born in sep 16 2008, now she completed her LKG, is it right thing if i will admit her into 1st standard?Please advice.

  21. Hi Madhuri,
    My daughter is 23rd August 2010 born, and i have put her in nursery for current academic year (2014- 2015) is she too over aged for Nursery, please suggest

  22. hello,

    my daughter born on 29/12/2010 and schools offered her lkg in this june 2014, whether it is too early for her or is it okay .. she is recognising all alphabets & also she writes most of them .
    Now i am in confussion weather i have request principal again for nursery admission or LKG is okay .. please reply me for my email..

    I need to change immediately if she is too yonger for LKG admission ,,,,

  23. hi, thanks for replying. Actually my daughter will be continuing in the current school. In the near future im plannin 2 admit her in girl’s school. i needed help regarding it. I like your articles, they have helped me alot. im a contstant reader. nice work …! keep it up!

  24. Actually, in the link given by Anuja, u mentioned

    “Try this simple formula.

    When your daughter is 6 year old, she must be joinng or already in class 1 midway.

    Now work backward. :)

    Good Luck”

    That is different from the formula u gave in ur post. My daughter is born sep 26 2010. THis academic year (2014-2015) we can either put her in nursery or in LKG. If we put her in nursery now, she will be 6 yrs and 8 mths when she starts std I. Is that too old? I too am a bit confused.

  25. Hello Madhurie!
    Need directives on getting admission for my kid [for nursery and towards primary], the inquiry page doesn’t seem to be available any more . Kindly advise accordingly.

  26. Hi Madhurie

    I need your suggestion here. My daughter is completing 5 years in May this year and she is falling short of 1 month to get admission in Sr Kg grade of DAV Pune as they expect child to have completed 5 years as of 1st Apr. She is getting admission to Jr Kg again. She is right now going to Tree house in Jr Kg. Is it worth repeating a year in Jr Kg in DAV as I really want to consider DAV as they’ve reasonable fees. What is your valuable advise, should I consider DAV Jr Kg or get admission in some other schools such as Pawar Public school, Euro school which are expensive. Please do provide your valuable comments.

  27. My son born on16feb2009 .i am having doubt whether he s eligible for 1standard for coming June .niw he s studying tell me

  28. Rumana Ansari Baig Ashrafi

    please help me in selecting the right girls' school for my daughter. i'm confused between St. Helena's, St. Mary's, Dastur. i want my daughter to go in 1 of these schools. i stay in khondhwa so distance also matters. apart from these schools also St. anne's , its there some more good girls school? please help. thank you.

  29. Hi,
    I think this is a very old discussion but i have to ask this because i’m quite confused and i need some help. My daughter is Feb 5 (2012) born; when can she go to 1st standard?

    I have found there are schools that allow admission of 5+ yr old child in 1st standard. But there are schools which are “supposedly” strict on age and they allow only 5year n 6 month old kids is 1st standard. Now this latter info is from internet and heresay; i dont have any 1st hand experience of dealing with it.

    Can someone please share some authentic info regarding the same. It appears that it varies from to school to school. It becomes even worse when the schools have upper age limit. I wonder what parents like us – whose child was born in and around.

    I want to take admission for her so narsary or Play Group which will good for her as she is 5 th feb 2012 born

    Eagerly waiting to listen from you!

  30. My son is 31st Oct 2011, he is 2.5 yrs old now.Is is the right time to look for nursery admission for him for June 2014 session?My son will be 2.8 yrs old in June 2014.Or shall we wait for 1 more year and admit him when he is 3.8 years old in 2015?

  31. my son is august 2010 born. i have a doubt regarding his admission.he will be 3yrs and 11 months old when the school new session starts
    should i take admission in jr kg or nursery?

  32. Hi, i am new to your site, however feel blessed to see this at the right time :) thnx .. Nitin

  33. Thanks Mam for this piece of info!

  34. Can you please suggest the age criterias for Bangalore/Karnataka schools. Also is it same criteria for CBSC schools ?

    My son is Oct 2011 born. So would be 2.7 yrs this Jun’14. Planning to send him to Playgroup after reading your article. But confused on whether, he would be granted admission to Std I, when he is 6.5 yrs in Karnataka state. Kindly help.

  35. Hi,

    My son is going to complete 3 years March this year. He goes to a play school in Hadrapsar area. Is this right age to admit him a Nursery school. Also please review VIDYASHILP PUBLIC SCHOOL, Yevalewadi, Kondhwa. Because I have decided to admit him there. I am not in hurry only concern if I wait one more year will we get admission in upper class.

  36. Hi, I have a doubt. But some different schools have differnt age criterias for admission. So does this mean the in some of the schools where the age criteria is such that smaller kids are admitted will have more stressful and less confident students?

    • Yes Rohit, thats the way it is in India. The schools have their own age criteras especially beacuse they have different admission dates. I would say dont go by the school’s requirements but look at the child’s needs and ability to cope up. Its easy in the pre primary to cope but slowly the burden of the studies will take a toll on their tiny body making them weak and dull.

  37. Thanx a ton for the article. Really its an eye opener.
    My son Nov 2009, we confused whether KG1 or KG2 for the academic year 2014-15.
    Some schools here in Delhi are ready to give KG2 admission some not
    After reading ur article, we decided to put him in KG1. So he will enter Std I in the age of 6.5 instead of 5 +. Thanx for the article

  38. hello,

    i am looking for a pre school for my sept.end 2011 born baby. please advise the best ones/options in pimpri chinchwad or near by area.i reside in pimpri so dont want it to be very far.

  39. There is a huge confusion on the correct age for entry or admission of children into class 1 – should it be 5+ yrs or 6+ yrs age at the 1st day of the academic year ?

    I am asking this question as my son in Sep 2009 born and hence I am a bit confused. Should be admitted to class 1 in 2015 session or 2016 session ?

    Is there any definitive guidance or law by the Govt of India ?
    Or it is left to the respective states to decide upon ?
    Or it varies by the education board by CBSE/ICSE/state board?

    It will be really helpful if you can kindly provide me the correct information.
    If possible, please provide me any website/URL that provides these details.

    • Yes, there is a rule but as of now only the bravehearts are daring to challenge the schools!

      For more one-one help kindly fill contact form. Make sure you use an email id that is not spammish looking!

  40. guys pvt schools are wasting two very lucrative years of our children. KVs are taking 5 year old child in first standard while pvt school take your child in first standard when he is 7 years old. A KV student pass class XII when he is 16 years while pvt school student pass class XII when he is 18 years old.As you all know for medical and engineering preparation your child have to work hard more for one or two years so strongly recommend KVs rather than these pvt schools.

  41. what is headstart?? My kid will be 2 in Feb'14

  42. I am pleased to read your lovely feedback Surbhi.

  43. Don’t you think what you’ve mentioned here contradicts to what you’d replied on Here is the thread related to the same age criteria topic:

  44. hi..Madhuri ..U have really helped me out .. my daughter is 20-Jan-2010.. I was confused about the right am planning to start her 1st standard at 6 and 3 months.. request you to attach the citation for the supreme court verdict, in case it's available ..want to read it for reference tx

  45. hi, this is very valuable information 4 me…i have 2.5 year old baby n i m afraid tht whn he will be reach in 1st class…bt now i have cleared my all doubts…..gud work…:0

  46. Ms. Nidhi, the situation is better nowadays that at least you can see only 15 students standing. Earlier, there were only few buses which used to ply and students were loaded like anything on the bus. School has given the responsibility of transport to their school admin who is a retired military official. If you approach to him and tell him about the situation, he will reply everything in a military-diplomatic way. He will take most of the parents to his side and say “apne ghar jaisa hain, tension mat lo.” Most importantly, 95% of the parents really do not have problems the way you said as they have no options, either in every household both parents are working and have no option of thinking about the comfort of their kid’s transport. They are somehow just thinking about their acacdemics and let the year pass and so on. Only few parents like me had some problem, but slowly we get adjusted to it as we really had no other options here. I like the school very much and the school is really helping middle class families like me for educating my kid in English medium school. The school staff is very cooperative and kind. Also, the principal can be approached any time available for any problems. The school trust is doing very good job of educating people and doing a nice social work. The school is huge with huge grounds and very disciplined wherever necessary. Good sports instructors are there.

  47. Hi Sandeep, today I saw Mount St. Patrick school buses in the morning. In every bus, you could see 10-15 students standing, and rest sitting uncomfortably. How can parents pay for this? I feel this is not a fault of school or the bus contractor. It is totally the parents’ fault.

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