Kindergarten helps to establish a strong foundation for success at school, and in life beyond school. Children play and explore in safe, inclusive classrooms as they develop – physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
Pre-Kindergarten for 4-year olds
Pre-Kindergarten provides children and their families with an early opportunity to establish healthy learning and social habits. Pre-Kindergarten programming is offered in Cree to further build your child’s language skills.
For Pre-Kindergarten: The child must be 4 years of age on or before September 30
Kindergarten for 5-year olds
Kindergarten allows your child to continue learning in a play-based environment; our programs stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration and build self-confidence – all part of a firm foundation for your child’s lifelong educational journey.
For Kindergarten: The child must be 5 years of age on or before September 30
For Grade 1: The child must be 6 years of age on or before September 30
To register your child with the Cree School Board, a birth certificate bearing the parents' names is required by the Ministry of Education. You can obtain information regarding Quebec birth certificates by contacting the Band office in your home community.
For births outside of Quebec, you must contact the Division of Vital Statistics where the child was born. For Ontario, click here.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
We know that starting school will be a big change in your child’s life. Even if your child attends daycare, the new routines will need some getting-used-to. Here are some ways to prepare your child for their first day of school:
- Talk with and listen to your child. Strong oral communication is a good foundation for learning.
- Encourage your child to speak with Elders and listen to their stories
- Encourage your child to speak about their feelings.
- Find opportunities for your child to interact with other children their own age.
- Encourage independence – toileting, dressing, tidying, eating.
- Read to your child regularly. Use everyday opportunities such as reading signs, packages, and labels. Count things; play board games.
- Support your child’s fine motor skills by drawing, cutting, gluing and handling playdough.
- Encourage running, climbing and playing outdoors.
Parents worried about their child's readiness for Junior Kindergarten or Senior Kindergarten should contact their child's school principal as early as possible. Schools may be able to help parents get support for their children.
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