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Kindergarten Registration 101
Registering Your Child for Full-Day Kindergarten – 101
Posted on 01/06/2020
Register your child for Kindergarten

January 6, 2020 (Brockville, ON)  ̶  Kindergarten is an exciting time for families. It’s the start of a new learning adventure that will serve as a foundation for future success.

In Kindergarten children learn their numbers and ABCs, but they also learn how to be independent, to problem solve and start thinking more critically about the world around them. As a parent, registering your child for Kindergarten can be a learning experience as well. Here is some helpful information that will help guide you through the process. If you have more questions, call 1-800-267-7131 or your local school – they would be happy to help!

Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario                  

Children can start school in the year they turn four years old. All schools in Ontario now offer full-day Kindergarten (FDK), which means students go all day, each day.

Research done by the Ontario Ministry of Education found that when students attend the two-year FDK program they are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and are more successful in school. Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that those in FDK had reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.8 per cent; reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 15.8 per cent to 4.3 per cent, and reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.8 per cent.

What will they learn?
Kindergarten follows a play-based curriculum. Through our play-based learning program, Kindergarten students develop social and emotional skills and learn to build relationships. FDK helps them develop a strong foundation for learning in all areas, including problem solving, creative thinking, and thinking critically about ideas and information in literacy and math.

How do I pick a school?
When it comes to Kindergarten, which school your child attends will depend on your 
location and transportation needs. If there are multiple schools in your catchment area to choose from, visit the schools and find the one that fits your family’s needs. Many schools will be holding Kindergarten information sessions in January and February. Check out when your local school is hosting theirs.

When do I register for Kindergarten?
Parents can register their son or daughter at any time during the year their child turns four. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year with the 
Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is open now.

How do I register?
Parents can register their child in person at their local school, or online. Phone your local school  or 1-800-267-7131 for assistance.

What do I need to register?
When you register your child for Kindergarten, you will need proof of age and address. Proof of age could be a Birth Certificate, Passport, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, Statement of Live Birth or Permanent Resident Card.

The address provided for your child must be the same address as the parent or guardian. For this you can use a utility bill, property tax assessment, lease/rental/mortgage agreement or other official document.

When you register online, you will need to bring these documents to the school prior to when your child starts school, but the school will let you know when!

 

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