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Full Day Everyday Kindergarten

 

The Ministry of Education began the implementation of full-day kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds during the 2010-2011 school year, offering it at selected schools throughout Ontario. The full-day program is being phased in gradually each year, with the goal of having all Ontario publicly-funded schools offer full-day kindergarten by the 2015-2016 school year.

For schools that have not been selected for the initial phase-in of full-day kindergarten implementation, full-day alternate-day kindergarten will continue to operate as it currently does. It is expected the entire SCDSB will offer the full-day kindergarten program by the fall of 2015. In the meantime, all schools will continue to offer exceptional learning opportunities for students in all kindergarten programs.

Select SCDSB schools with full-day kindergarten are also offering an Extended Day component (before and after school care) on a fee-for-service basis, which was determined by demand. Please visit our Before and After School Child Care page for more information on the Extended Day Program.
 

Full-Day Kindergarten: Implementation Schedule


Each year we roll out the Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) program at more of our elementary schools.  As of September 2013, FDK will be available at 75% of our schools! Click on the Q symbol to expand each school year and see how FDK is being rolled out across the SCDSB.

  • Full Day Kindergarten Implementation: 2010-2011

    • Adjala Central PS • Clearview Meadows ES • Killarney Beach PS • Sir William Osler PS
    • Admiral Collingwood ES • Codrington PS • Lions Oval PS​ • Sunnybrae PS​
    • Assikinack PS • Coldwater PS • Oakley Park PS • Warminster ES​
    • Baxter Central PS • Hon. Earl Rowe PS • Port McNicoll PS • Waubaushene ES​
  • Full Day Kindergarten Implementation: 2011-2012

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    • Angus Morrison ES​ • Cookstown Central PS
    • Ardtrea-Cumberland Beach PS (Cumberland Beach location) • Portage View PS​

  • Full Day Kindergarten Implementation: 2012-2013

    • Allandale Heights PS • Guthrie PS • Mapleview Heights ES • Tottenham PS
    • Ardagh Bluffs PS • Hillcrest PS • Mundy's Bay PS​ • Uptergrove PS
    • Brechin PS • Hillsdale ES​ • New Lowell Central PS • W.H. Day ES​
    • Connaught PS • Huron Park PS​ • Regent Park PS​ • W.R. Best Memorial PS​
    • Cundles Heights PS • Huronia Centennial ES​ • Steele Street PS​ • Willow Landing ES​
    • East Oro PS • James Keating ES​ • Tosorontio Central PS • Worsley ES​

  • Full Day Kindergarten Implementation: 2013-2014

    • Andrew Hunter ES • Fred C. Cook PS • Marchmont PS​ • Tecumseth Beeton ES​
    • Bayview PS • Harriett Todd PS • Minesing Central PS • Tecumseth South Central PS
    • Cameron Street PS • Hewitt's Creek PS • Orchard Park ES • Terry Fox ES
    • Emma King ES • Hyde Park PS • Pine River ES • Warnica PS
    • Ferndale Woods ES​ ​• Johnson Street PS • Rama Central PS • Wyevale Central PS​
    • Forest Hill PS • Maple Grove PS • Shanty Bay PS

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation: 2014-2015

    • Alcona Glen ES • Couchiching Heights PS​ • Innisfil Central PS • Trillium Woods ES
    • Algonquin Ridge ES • Ernest Cumberland ES • Moonstone ES • Victoria Harbour ES
    • Alliston Union PS • Fieldcrest ES • Mountain View PS • W.C. Little ES
    • Birchview Dunes ES • Goodfellow PS • Nottawa ES • West Bayfield ES​
    • Byng PS • Holly Meadows ES​ • Nottawasaga/Creemore PS​

 

Frequently Asked Questions: What Parents Need to Know

 

How are the classes organized?

Each class has an average of 26 students and is supported by one teacher and one early childhood educator. The teachers and early childhood educators work together to provide learning opportunities and offer support to our students. Click here to view more information on full-day kindergarten from the Ministry of Education.

How were schools offering full-day kindergarten selected?

Staff at the SCDSB submitted recommendations for schools to the Ministry of Education. These recommendations were based on the following criteria:

  • availability of purpose built JK/K classrooms without requiring capital construction or renovation
  • community need
  • minimal impact on existing child care and early years programs – particularly considering existing licensed child care based in a school or within a 2 km radius
  • student achievement data

For schools that have not been selected for the first two phases of full-day kindergarten implementation, full-day alternate-day kindergarten will continue to operate as it currently does at your local public school. It is expected the entire SCDSB will offer the full-day kindergarten program by the fall of 2015. In the meantime, all schools will continue to offer exceptional learning opportunities for students in all kindergarten programs.

For more information about the kindergarten program at the SCDSB, click here.

Is the full-day kindergarten program mandatory for four- and five-year-olds?

No. The full-day program will remain optional for four- and five-year-olds, as kindergarten has always been. In Ontario, children are required to attend school once they turn six-years-old. Although kindergarten is voluntary, 90 per cent of eligible children are enrolled provincially. 

I don’t live in the attendance area of a school offering the full-day kindergarten program but I would like my child to attend this program. Can I apply for out-of-attendance-area consideration for my child?

If you live within the attendance area of a school offering Full Day Kindergarten (FDK), your child will automatically be eligible to attend. For those families who live outside of the FDK attendance area, there may be a limited number of pupil spaces available in some of our 20 FDK schools. The exact number of spaces will be determined by the end of the second week of September 2011. If you are interested in applying for out‐of‐attendance‐area consideration for your child, please visit the office of your home school to pick up an application form and for additional information.

I am new to Canada. Where can I find additional information for my family? 
 
Families of students new to Canada are invited to contact our Newcomer Welcome Centre at 705-725-8360, ext. 310.

How do I register my child for kindergarten in the SCDSB?

Kindergarten registration at the Simcoe County District School Board begins in January each year. For more information, click here.

Where can I find out more about full-day kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds?

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