Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Junior and senior Kindergarten programs are optional. The Kindergarten Program, a Ministry of Education policy document, outlines the specific expectations and educational policies for children's learning in the kindergarten years.
 
To obtain a copy of the Kindergarten Program document, visit the Ministry of Education's website or write to Publications Ontario, 50 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2. You also may request a copy by calling (416) 326-5300 or toll free 1-800-668-9938 or drop into the Ontario Government Book Store at 880 Bay Street, Toronto.

Registering for the Kindergarten Program
 
A pre-registration process for
Kindergarten Programs
in September 2014 begins,
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
 
Parents must phone their local elementary school to pre-register their child for classes. Proof of the child's age and the child's immunization record will be requested. To attend junior kindergarten, a child must be four years old by December 31, 2014 and, to begin senior kindergarten, a child must be five years old by December 31, 2014.

Pre-registration for Kindergarten is available
at the following DDSB schools:

Find Your School
If you live in Durham Region and want to register your child(ren) in a DDSB school that is not your local community school, please refer to this Procedure for information.


For more information regarding your child's school designation, please locate your home school through the DDSB's on-line school locator or contact our Property and Planning Department via e-mail at: Planning_Department@durham.edu.on.ca or by phone 905-666-6421 or 1-800-339-6913 ext. 6421.
 
Class Size
If the number of students pre-registered for a class exceeds the class limit, some students may be required to attend another school.
 
Busing
DDSB's policy (#3545) on transportation includes both junior and senior kindergarten students.
 
Home Schooling
If you plan to home school your child(ren), please refer to the Home Schooling Procedure.

 

 

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Early Learning Programs and Full-day Kindergarten (FDK)

 
Research shows that intellectual stimulation before age six — ideally before age three — provides lasting effects on brain development. Setting the stage in the early years is key to future education success. Children attending an Early Learning program, when they are two or three years old, are 1.6 times more likely to be successful in Kindergarten.