Kindergarten Program 

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The Kindergarten program establishes a strong learning foundation for 4 and 5 year old children in their early years. The program helps children develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development as they transition from their home, child care, or preschool environment!

All Kindergarten programs in Ontario are full-day, as of September 2014.

Kindergarten Registration

Parents are encouraged to contact their home school directly for Kindergarten registration, start dates and times. To determine your home school, use our School Finder Tool.

Parents may register children who will be four years of age by December 31, 2018 in the first year of the two-year Kindergarten program. Registration forms are available at each elementary school. Completed applications and appropriate documentation can be submitted to your home school, beginning at the advanced registration dates in January of the year that your child will be starting the program. 

What do I Need to Register my Child?

Your application must include the following documents (required):
  • ​Proof of age (required for Year 1 and Year 2) 
  • ​Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2018.
  • Year 2 children are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2018.​
  • Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate. Please refer to the ​Board's Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
  • Evidence of completed prescribed program of immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and rubella
  • Proof of address
 
Please note: Children currently registered in their Catholic school’s Year 1 program are not required to register for the Year 2 program. Placement in the Year 2 program will be processed by the school, unless otherwise stated.
 

Kindergarten Checklist

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.

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