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Registering Your Child for Kindergarten – 101
Registering Your Child for Kindergarten – 101
Posted on 01/09/2023

January 9, 2023 (Brockville, ON)  ̶  Kindergarten is an exciting time for families. It’s the start of a new learning adventure that will serve as a foundation for future success.

In Kindergarten children learn their numbers and ABCs, but they also learn how to be independent, to problem solve and to start thinking more critically about the world around them. As a parent or guardian, registering your child for Kindergarten can be a learning experience as well.   

Here is some helpful information that will help guide you through the process. If you have more questions, call your local school or 1-800-267-7131 for assistance.  
Full-Day Kindergarten in Ontario  

Children can start school in the year they turn four years old. All schools in Ontario offer full-day Kindergarten, which means students go all day, each day.  

Kindergarten follows a play-based curriculum. Through play-based learning programs, Kindergarten students develop social and emotional skills and learn to build relationships. Full-day Kindergarten helps children to 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.  

Children enrolled in Kindergarten have a stronger start in school with improved early reading, writing, and math skills. Along with providing future learning, Kindergarten gives children the opportunity to socialize with other children and develop social and academic skills for future success.  

How do I pick a school?  When it comes to Kindergarten, which school your child attends will depend on your location and transportation needs. If there is more than one school in your area to choose from, visit the schools and find the one that fits your family’s needs. Many schools will be holding Kindergarten information sessions in January and February. Check out when your local school is hosting theirs.

When do I register for Kindergarten?  Registration for the 2023-2024 school year with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is open now. Parents and guardians can register their child at any time during the year that the child turns four years of age 

How do I register?  Parents and guardians can register their child in person at their local school, or online. Phone your local school or 1-800-267-7131 for assistance. 
What do I need to register?  When you register your child for Kindergarten, you will need proof of age and address. Proof of age could be a Birth Certificate, Passport, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, Statement of Live Birth 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, home landline phone bill, cable or internet bill, lease/rental agreement, mortgage agreement/proof of purchase agreement or other official document.

When you register online, you will need to bring these documents to the school before your child starts school, but the school will let you know when!  

What vaccinations are required for children? 

Currently, a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend school.   

Under Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act, parents or guardians are required to provide proof of immunization (or appropriate exemption documents) for certain diseases if their children attend school in Ontario.   

Proof of immunizations should be provided to the local Health Unit (measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, chickenpox, and meningococcal disease). This record of immunization is required to assist the local Health Unit to meet their requirement under the act to collect and maintain immunization records for every child registered in school.  

Any questions regarding immunizations can be directed to your local Health Unit. The school does not collect proof of immunizations or any health records.   

Are there child care options available? 

Many UCDSB schools have third-party child care providers that operate within their buildings, providing before and after-school care, as well as care for pre-school age children

For a listing of schools that currently offer these options, please visit our website.

We look forward to welcoming your child to the Upper Canada District School Board and helping to build their confidence and discover their potential. 
Find more details on our registration page.

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