With the emergence of Republic Act No. 10533 other known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 and Republic Act No. 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Act, Kindergarten has become mandatory in the first level of the basic education.
With this, all recognized private elementary schools that are offering Grades 1 to 6 only but do not have permit to operate Kindergarten are encouraged to apply for the said permit. If school will pass the process, then, it can operate by SY 2018-2019.
All learning centers operating Nursery/Preschool only are also encouraged to apply for DepEd permit. This will further avoid confusion among stakeholders that Nursery/Preschool is the same as Kindergarten.
For school applicants, please be guided by Deped Order No. 47, s. 2016 or the Omnibus Policy on Kindergarten Education, to wit, age qualification, grading system and other program processes.