Early Learning encompases both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.
Pre-Kindergarten provide a quality education that nurtures the socio-emotional, intellectual and physical development of children that meet criteria established by the Ministry of Education. The program focuses on nurturing self-esteem, school readiness, and speech and language development. Please see our PreK Pamphlet for more details and a listing of schools offering Pre-Kindergarten. To print off a registration form, please click here.
Kindergarten is a place where your child will learn and grow; where you can expect a stimulating learning environment, active learning and appreciation for diversity. The Kindergarten program advocates development of the whole child - socio-emotionally, physically and intellectually. In Kindergarten, STUDENTS COME FIRST. We put extra care and attention into everything we do, so that each child will have a positive introduction to their school years. Our Kindergarten staff looks forward to sharing your child's unique talents and gifts and getting to know their individual needs.
Transitioning Through to Kindergarten
Parents/caregivers should model a positive attitude towards school. Research has offered evidence that the attitude of the parents/caregivers toward education has a strong impact on student success.
Kindergarten is easier when children have basic skills such as the following: know their name, address and phone number; be able to put on shoes and get coats and boots on and off; be able to use the bathroom and wash their hands; and know how to co-operate with other children through sharing and taking turns.
Read to children and recite traditional verses, rhymes and stories. Children need to hear the rhythm of language and they benefit from repeating the same stories and verses over and over again. If their parents/caregivers value literature, then children usually will too.
Provide writing tools and paper for their children and encourage them to "write" lists, thank you notes, etc.
Help children explore their environment by taking them to libraries, stores, farms, lakes, museums, art galleries and parks. These are great opportunities to talk with children about what they see, hear, smell, taste and feel. These outings will expand their horizons and enhance further learning. For example, a story about a farm will mean much more to a child if she/he has visited one.
Play time is learning time!
For parents of students with intensive needs, the following documents will be helpful for you to prepare for your child’s transition to PreK/K meeting: