NEW DELHI: The nursery admission is keeping the parents of three-year-olds in the city on their toes. After the application process for the 2012-13 academic session wraps up on Monday, schools will display the first list of selected candidates by February 1.
Though schools may call parents for document verification, there will be no interaction or interview for selection of children. Parents now have their fingers crossed. Applying in over 20 schools hasn't helped their anxiety.
"I have applied in as many as 26 schools in last one week though my child can mainly score points only for proximity to school. I hope some school selects my child for nursery. I would admit I am leaving no stone unturned to facilitate admission for my son," said Shashank Bhardwaj, who lives in Vasant Kunj. Being the first-generation parents in the city, they have applied in all schools in the neighbourhood and even elsewhere where schools are awarding points for the first-born child, too.
While many schools are following a 100-point system for admission, others like Tagore International School are going to have a draw of lots. Bal Bharti School as well as Apeejay School have made special categories for various parameters like neighbourhood, alumni and sibling. They, too, will have a draw of lots if the number of applications in each category exceeds the number of seats.
School officials suggest that once the list of selected children is declared, parents should book a seat in whichever school their child gets through. They can always change the school after the second list, likely to be put up by February 29.
Anant Ray, who had managed to find a nursery seat for his daughter last year, suggested: "Schools may come out with a second list. But it's not a good idea to bank on it as the number of seats may not be many. So book a seat if you can even if the school is not of your choice. This is what I did too last year."