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What Parents Need to Know About Registering for Kindergarten
What Parents Need to Know About Registering for Kindergarten
Posted on 01/11/2022
UCDSB Kindergarten

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is excited to welcome children who are turning 4-years-old in 2022 to Kindergarten this Fall. While the first day of school is still months away, now is the time to register.  
 

In Kindergarten, your child will learn literacy and math, gain independence as well as problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to the world around them. We know your child’s new learning adventure also brings a big transition for your entire family, and we are here to support families in that transition.  
 

Here is some general information about Kindergarten, including how to register. If you have more questions, contact your local school for help.  
 
If you are not sure which school your child should attend based on your geographical location, use the school locator tool.  

  
Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario.   

Children can start school in the year they turn four. They do not need to be four on the first day of school, they just need to turn four in the same calendar year. All public schools in Ontario now offer full-day Kindergarten (FDK), which means students attend all day, Monday to Friday.  

 

Research done by the Ontario Ministry of Education found that when students attend the two-year Kindergarten program, they are better prepared to enter Grade 1 and are more successful in school. Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that those in FDK had reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.8 per cent; reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 15.8 per cent to 4.3 per cent, and reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.8 per cent.  

 

What will they learn?  
Kindergarten follows a play-based curriculum, which helps students develop social and emotional skills and learn to build relationships. They develop a strong foundation for learning in all areas, including problem solving, creative thinking, and thinking critically about ideas and information in literacy and math. 

 

How do I pick a school?  
When it comes to Kindergarten, your child’s school will depend on your location and transportation needs. All UCDSB schools will be holding virtual information sessions in the spring. Check out when your local school is hosting theirs.

 

When do I register for Kindergarten?  
Parents can register their child at any time during the year their child turns four. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year with the UCDSB is open now.  
 

How do I register?  
We encourage parents to register their child online. If you need assistance with the registration process, please phone your local school . Parents and guardians currently cannot visit schools, even for registration, due to COVID-19 safety protocols.  
 
What do I need to register?  
When you register your child for Kindergarten, you will need proof of age and address. Examples of proof of age documents are: a birth certificate, passport, certificate of Canadian citizenship, or Permanent Resident Card.  

 
The address provided for your child must be the same address as the parent or guardian. For this, you can use a utility bill, property tax assessment, lease/rental/mortgage agreement or another official document.  

 

Once you register online, your school will be in touch with you shortly after to let you know how to submit your documents, answer any questions you may have, and keep you up-to-date on upcoming virtual events.   

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