Helping young students to learn and grow
Through instruction and play-based learning, children in full-day kindergarten:
- develop socially and emotionally through interaction with their peers and the adults who teach and guide them
- develop their capacity in language and mathematics
- engage in healthy physical activities and the arts
The program has two components. In the core component, one teacher and one early childhood educator will work together in each classroom to help children learn during the regular school day. The optional extended day component includes before- and after-school programs led by early childhood educators.
The Ministry of Education has set the class size standard for the full-day early learning program at an average of 26 students on a board-wide basis. This provides for an average child-adult ratio of 13:1.
The Ministry of Education's goal is to have the program fully implemented in all publicly-funded schools in the province by 2014-2015. Within the Peel board, full-day kindergarten is being phased in over five years. Schools have been selected based on available space, community need (using Social Risk Index data), impact on existing local child care, student achievement, and readiness to implement.
View a full list of sites, organized by implementation year.
Note that the sites for years 4 and 5 are contingent on final approval and capital funding from the Ministry of Education.
Only families living within the boundary of the schools can register children in the full-day program, through the school's kindergarten registration process. The board will accommodate all those interested in the program.
The regular school day portion of the full-day early learning program is part of Ontario’s publicly funded school system. There will be no cost for this part of your child’s day. If you choose to enrol your child in before- and/or after-school programs, you will pay a reasonable fee.
Busing will be offered for kindergarten students to and from the core program, based on the board's transportation policy. Kindergarten students who live more than one kilometre away from the school will be bused. This distance is the based on shortest, safe walking route measured along sidewalks, roadways and paved pedestrian walkways from school property line to home property line.
Busing is not provided to take students to and from the extended day program.
Is full-day kindergarten mandatory?
No. In Ontario, children are required to attend school once they turn six. However, we sincerely believe that this is the best possible start to your child's education.