- Kindergarten and Child Care Centre Fee Remission Scheme (KCFRS) provides needy families with financial assistance in the form of fee remission for the children to receive pre-primary education.
- In the 2022/23 school year, parents of children attending nursery (K1), lower (K2) and upper (K3) classes in local non-profit-making kindergartens / kindergarten-cum-child care centres (hereafter collectively referred as kindergartens) under the kindergarten education scheme (hereafter referred as KG scheme) may receive fee subsidy. If the kindergarten is going to withdraw from the KG scheme in the 2022/23 school year, those students admitted before the 2022/23 school year and remaining in the eligible classes in that kindergarten (referring to eligible lower kindergarten (K2) and upper kindergarten (K3) classes in the 2022/23 school year and eligible K3 classes in the 2023/24 school year) will continue to be eligible for applying financial assistance for pre-primary students until the end of operation of all eligible classes or they leave the kindergarten (whichever is the earlier). Hence, children of needy families may also apply for financial assistance for pre-primary students.
- Kindergarten children of needy families who require financial assistance on top of the government subsidy under the KG scheme may apply to the Student Finance Office (SFO) for fee remission under the KCFRS. In addition, financial assistance to children who are receiving whole-day child care services in child care centres will also be provided under the KCFRS.
- Applicants with children receiving whole-day child care services (i.e. groups aged 0 to 2 and 2 to 3) must pass the means test and the “social needs" test within the same assessment period in order to qualify themselves for the fee remission. You may download “Social Needs” Assessment Form for Kindergarten and Child Care Centre Fee Remission (only applicable to whole-day fee remission application from children aged between 0 and 3 attending child care centre or kindergarten-cum-child care centre) (SFO 235A), if required.
- The SFO has introduced the family-based “Household Application for Student Financial Assistance Schemes” to facilitate families with children attending primary and secondary school(s) or kindergarten(s) / child care centre(s) to apply for student financial assistance.
- To learn more, you may refer to the presentation documents on the financial assistance for pre-primary students for the 2022/23 school year.