What will my child learn and do?

Full-day kindergarten is the next step in our plan to help our kids get a better education in kindergarten through Grade 3. It helps kids get the best possible start. We're helping make things better for students from their first day of school to their last – and every day in between.

Introducing full-day kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten provides four- and five-year-olds with a seamless and integrated day that includes:

  • An engaging, play-based educational program during the regular school day
  • Integrated programs before and after school hours designed to complement the regular school day. These are optional and are offered to parents for a reasonable fee. Subsidies will be available for some families based on need. Boards are not required to offer the before- and after-school programs if there is not enough demand.

Regular school day

During the regular school day, children are involved in many different kinds of activities designed to help young learners explore, discover and grow. They will have opportunities to initiate learning and play, as well as take part in more structured play-based learning under the guidance of a teacher and early childhood educator.

The teacher and early childhood educators are guided by a curriculum document based on the existing kindergarten program and research and other early learning curricula.

Through play-based learning and small group instruction, children develop a strong foundation for learning in all areas, including language and math, engage in healthy physical activities and the arts, and develop socially and emotionally through interaction with their peers and the educators who guide them.

Through informal meetings, parent conferences or written reports, parents will receive regular updates that include comments on the child's learning. The reports also include suggestions for parents to support their child's learning.

Examples of activities in the classroom

Exploration and investigation:
Several children design small boats and then bring them over to the water centre. Each child puts his or her boat in the water and then places one shell at a time in the boat. Another child helps keep track of the number of shells using a simple tally. The teacher or early childhood educator asks the children to find out which boat held the most shells before sinking and think about how it is different from the other boats.

Creative thinking:
A small group of children make several attempts to build a tower as tall as they are. Through trial and error, they discover that if they make the bottom of the tower wider they can build it taller. They draw a picture of the finished product and label the pictures to show their solution.

Observing and learning:
After making bird feeders from recycled materials, the children place them in the tree outside their classroom window. They observe and record the activity that takes place at each of the feeders. With support from the teacher and early childhood educator, and based on their own observations, some of the children change their feeders and place them back outside to see if the birds will eat more seeds or land more easily.

Before- and After-School Programs
Find out more about options before and after the regular school day.