Nursery admissions in Delhi will start in a full-fledged manner on Monday as parents gear up to brave the cold while queuing up at schools for buying application forms.
"We are all prepared to start the year by lining up for the admission form," said Yashika Malik, software professional whose daughter turned three last November.
While some schools started selling admission forms Saturday, the bulk of them will start the process on Monday. The forms will be sold till Jan 15.
Schools such as St Thomas, Dwarka, Sanskriti, Tagore International, Vasant Vihar Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and Dwarka, Don Bosco, Alaknanda (for kindergarten) and The Indian School, Sadiq Nagar, started the registration process Saturday.
Schools which will kick off the process on Monday include Springdales, Pusa Road, Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar and Mount St Mary's, Delhi Cantonment.
Parents are getting about two weeks less to pick up admission forms this year. The sale of forms for academic session 2011-12 started Jan 1, 2011 as compared to Dec 15, 2009 for academic session 2010-11.
"I am taking half-day leave to get a form, and my husband will be taking leave on some other day to get forms from some other schools," said Akriti Verma, who works with a leading bank.
The minimum age of a child for admission to nursery has been retained at three years this year. The admission would be based on a points system framed by schools. The government has told schools that a lottery system could also be used.
Under the points system, applicants would be selected on the basis of the points scored by them and their child. They would be awarded points for various parameters decided by the school, including proximity of their home to the school.
Delhi education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has made it clear that schools were not allowed to the use parents' income and their educational qualification as criteria for selection.