Nursery admissions: Wait for vacancies, try NCR schools

NEW DELHI: Do not despair if your child has not secured a nursery seat yet. Schools are likely to announce second lists - albeit with fewer seats - against vacancies.

Children who got through multiple schools will have to surrender all but one of their seats. Thesevacancies will then become available to candidates who have been unsuccessful in the first round.

"The chances are bright that we will have a second list. Parents should book a seat wherever they get through first and then change to the school of their choice if they get lucky in the second list," said LV Sehgal, principal, Bal Bharati School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg.

Continuing in the playschool is also an option for children who could not get a seat in a formal school at the age of three. Most playschools run classes from pre-nursery to KG. So, a child can pursue nursery there and shift to a proper school in KG. The only hitch is that the number of seats in KG is generally small.

Parents residing in east and south Delhi can also look for schools in parts of the NCR. Noida has many upcoming schools which welcome parents with easier admission norms. Gurgaon, too, has new progressive schools which step up their classes with every new batch.

"Our admission process started in October-November and was already closed. But we had kept aside around 50 seats for later as we had seen a huge demand among Delhi parents last year. Admissions to these seats will open in the coming days after the process in Delhi settles down," said Sarita Madhok, principal of Noida's Mayoor School, which is affiliated to Mayo College.

"After parents register, we will have a short informal interaction with them. We generally look for parental profile. We also have our buses plying to south Delhi," she added.

Advocate and Social Jurist founder Ashok Aggarwal said, "All government schools should be upgraded to the level of Central schools. This will deal with the paucity of schools."