Kindergarten classrooms full of sensory and audio delights
The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of all children. (Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, Ministry of Education, 2010, p.1)
Since September 2014, all schools follow the Full Day Every Day model where children attend school full-day, five days a week.During the past five years, the Board has rolled out the Ministry of Education's full-day every day Kindergarten program in all schools. Families should check with their home school regarding whether an extended care program (before and after school care) will be available.
Parents look forward to the following as they anticipate their children’s entry into Kindergarten in September:
• Completing registration at the family’s home school
• Checking the Halton Distict School Board’s website for further information
• Attending Ready, Set, Go! parenting sessions in January and February.
• Completing a Nipissing screening form for the child (found in the calendar)
• Applying to the four week summer program if the child has not had any previous pre-school experience
• Attending a Kindergarten Even Start evening at the school in May or June
• Receiving notification about the first school visit and entry in September
• Arranging a spring visit to the school for a child who is particularly anxious about starting school
Being ready for school means more than having certain academic skills (e.g., counting, ABCs, letter printing…) when starting Kindergarten. It refers to:
- Being in good health; developing independence in daily living skills (e.g., washroom independence)
- Being curious about the world and trying new experiences; interacting cooperatively with other children and responding appropriately to adults
- Coping with small challenges (e.g., spending time away from mom or dad for short periods of time)
- Communicating own needs; speaking clearly about experiences
- Enjoying favourite books, songs, riddles, games.
- Participating in early learning experences (e.g., public library, play dates, etc.)
In Kindergarten, the intent is to join families in continuing the process of readying children for learning by supporting their physical, social, emotional development and their communication, language and thinking skills. Appropriate development in these areas has been shown to be important to future achievement in school. (Halton’s Vision for Children, Phase 2 Report, January 2004).
Click here for a question and answer guide for parents provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Information from Halton Region about getting ready for Kindergarten is available here.