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 develop a plan together.
The School Act states that parents/guardians must enroll their child in an educational program, provided by a Board of Education, on the first school day of a school year if, on or before December 31st of that school year, their child will have reached the age of 5 years.
The School Act also states that parents/guardians, of a child this age, may defer the enrolment of their child until the first school day of the next school year, when you may choose to register your child in either Kindergarten or Grade One.
If you are wishing to delay school enrollment for your five-year-old child, we request that you meet with your child’s catchment area school principal.
We encourage you to take this opportunity for a meaningful consultation regarding the programming we provide in Kindergarten, future placement and educational considerations, and also the program you would be providing at home, if you elect for that choice. This conversation would include, but not be limited to:
According to the Ministry of Education, children are 15% less likely to graduate on time if they are held back before grade 5. The table below summarizes some of the research with respect to delayed entry to kindergarten:
Potential benefits of a delayed start:
Potential outcomes of a delayed start:
The continuum of learning in the primary years is deliberately broad, as young learners all reach the developmental milestones in their own time and pace. Many students who seem behind at school entry catch up with peers given time and the opportunity to practice new skills with others.
We appreciate you taking the time to meet with us for this important discussion, so you can make the most informed decision for your child.
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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