Starting Kindergarten is a big adventure for you and your child. All the new services and routines can be confusing.
This site is designed to give you an idea of what’s ahead. We invite you to use this guide to begin your child’s journey to school.
If you have not done so already, the first step to starting school is registration.
Kindergarten registration began the first week of January and is online only. You’ll need one of the following – your child’s Birth Certificate, Passport, Immigration Canada document, Certificate of Citizenship or Permanent Resident Card and two different documents that provide proof of residency.
In most schools, a gradual entry system is scheduled to try to ensure that new Kindergarten students feel comfortable and confident in their new classroom. Gradual entry begins with an opportunity to meet and talk with the Kindergarten teacher(s), followed by gradual periods of time that are built upon over the first days of Kindergarten.
Children also begin coming to school in smaller groups. This allows them to become familiar with their new school environment, classroom, school staff, and new friends. Children come in small groups for partial days, gradually increasing the length of time each day in the classroom. The first full day of Kindergarten is typically the Wednesday of the second week of school.
Where needed, the entry routine for your child may be adjusted depending on the needs of individual children.
*Some children may not be independent with toileting for various reasons- medical condition, readiness issues etc. If your child is not yet independent with their toileting abilities please be sure to inform the school prior to school entry so that we can ensure support is provided.
School staff highly value the information that you give us about your child.
Please reach out to the school team to share information that may help your child transition smoothly.
This could include any involvement with outside services, what language is spoken at home, or unique family dynamics. All this information helps a school team best plan for your child. You are the parent; you know your child best.
If your child has some diverse abilities and/or you would like to know more about resources in the school system, please click the button below.
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