KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN. THE BOARD ASKS THAT REGISTRATIONS ARE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2020.
Parents may register children turning four before December 31, 2019 in the two-year Kindergarten program. Application forms are available at schools or on the Halton District School Board website. Completed applications and appropriate documentation are submitted to the home school usually in January of the year in which the child will be starting. For your home school, please refer to the school locator on the Board's website (www.hdsb.ca).
The purpose of the program is to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years, and to do so in a safe and caring play-based environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of all children. (Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, Ministry of Education, 2010, p.1)
Parents can help set their child up for success as they enter Kindergarten in September by:
• Completing registration at the family’s home school
• Checking the Halton District School Board’s website for further information
• Using Halton Region’s twelve-month calendar for information about everything from children’s health to reading to children
• Applying to the four week summer program if the child has not had any previous pre-school experience
• Attending a Kindergarten parent orientation evening at the school in May or June
• Receiving notification about the first school visit and entry in September
• Arranging a spring visit to the school for a child who is particularly anxious about starting school
Ready for School?
Being ready for school means more than having certain academic skills (e.g., counting, ABCs, letter printing) when starting Kindergarten. Being ready can also mean:
- Being in good health; developing independence in daily living skills (e.g., washroom independence)
- Being curious about the world and trying new experiences; interacting cooperatively with other children and responding appropriately to adults
- Coping with small challenges (e.g., spending time away from mom or dad for short periods of time)
- Communicating own needs; speaking clearly about experiences
- Enjoying favourite books, songs, riddles, games.
- Participating in early learning experiences (e.g., public library, play dates, etc.)
In Kindergarten, the intent is to join families in continuing the process of readying children for learning by supporting their physical, social, emotional development and their communication, language and thinking skills. Appropriate development in these areas has been shown to be important to future achievement in school (Halton’s Vision for Children, Phase 2 Report, January 2004).
At the time of registration, the Board and its partners provide parents with a Ready, Set, Go! calendar that offers families information about child development, speech and language, readying children for school, etc. This calendar is available electronically at the Halton Region website - haltonparents.ca
Parent Orientation Evenings
Parents/guardians registering children in the Board’s Kindergartens receive notification from their schools of spring orientation evenings. These school-based evenings are intended for meeting other families and staff, for providing information about school and Kindergarten classroom routines and for describing a “typical” day in that classroom.
Beginning in early January, the Halton District School Board will accept registrations for Junior and Senior Kindergarten for September 2020.
Please bring the following original documents when registering:
- Completed HDSB's Registration Form, you may contact the school for a registration form or download one from www.hdsb.ca (under the link "Parents" on left side, choose kindergarten).
- Proof of address (TWO pieces): lease or purchase agreement, current property tax bill, government correspondence, vehicle registration, utility bill, current credit card statement. Driver's License cannot be submitted.
- Proof of age: birth certificate or passport or baptismal certificate for your child
- Proof of citizenship: birth certificate or passport or Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Permanent Resident
- If you are not the child’s parent, or you have sole custody, please bring proof of custody (court order)
To register for Fall 2020, Junior Kindergarten children must be 4 years old by December 31, 2019, and Senior Kindergarten children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2019. Parents/guardians must be public school supporters.