The Kindergarten program is a child-centred, developmentally appropriate, integrated program of learning for 4 and 5 year old children. 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.
The primary goals of the Kindergarten program are:
- to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years;
- to help children make a smooth transition from home, child care, or preschool to school;
- to allow children to learn through relationships, and through play and inquiry;
- to set children on a path of lifelong learning and nurture competencies that they will need to thrive in the world of today and tomorrow.
The Kindergarten program reflects the belief that 4 and 5 year olds are capable and competent learners, full of potential and ready to take ownership of their learning. It approaches children as unique individuals who live and learn within families and communities. (The Kindergarten Program, Ministry of Education, 2016, pg. 8)
If you are a parent seeking information about your child's entry into Kindergarten in September, here's what you need to know:
- Complete registration at your family's home school. To find out your home school, please click here
- Halton Region’s Ready, Set, Go! offers a 12 month calendar, including a helpful blog for Kindergarten parents and community supports
- Apply to the 4 week EvenStart summer program to help prepare you and your child for Kindergarten
- Contact your home school to learn more about parent orientation evenings, first school visits, and Kindergarten entry dates held at the school
How Can I Prepare my Child for Kindergarten?
The Ministry of Education's website offers information on how to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Visit: How can I prepare my child for starting Kindergarten?
School Visits and Entry
Entry into Kindergarten in September is a gradual process. For further information about the gradual entry process, please contact your home school for more information.
School bus transportation will continue to support the core program delivered during the instructional day. For more information regarding transportation, please visit the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) website.
Parent Resources for Starting School