Kindergarten

Welcome to a Wonderful Journey of Learning

 

It is our shared responsibility to ensure that your child’s first school experience will be a time remembered with joy and a sense of accomplishment. Simcoe County District School Board Kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators strive to provide enriched, varied, exciting, and positive learning experiences for all students. We wish you and your child a warm welcome and a future of exciting learning experiences.

Check out our 'Welcome to Kindergarten' booklet.

 

For more information on childcare programs available in our schools, visit the Before and After School Programs section.

2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration

 

Is your child turning FOUR in 2018? If so, it is time to register for Kindergarten!

Beginning on January 22, 2018, Simcoe County’s public schools will be registering children for Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes for the 2018-19 school year. Visit our registration page for information on how to register using the online registration application. 

To find your local public school, use the Home School Locator tool. If you are not sure which school serves your area, please call our Planning and Enrolment Department at 705-734-6363, ext. 11218, or 905-729-3600, ext. 11218. For more information about your home school, including contact information, use our School Search.

Kindergarten orientation sessions will be held in the spring at each elementary school.

For more information on the registration process and documents needed to register, see our Frequently Asked Questions below. ​

 

Simcoe County Early Intervention Services

 

The Simcoe County Early Intervention Services provides young children with special needs and their families with a wide range of services and supports to help them develop to their fullest potential.

Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions

How old must my child be to enter Kindergarten?
To be eligible for attendance in September, your child must be 4 years of age by December 31 of that year. This means that if your child’s birthday is between September and December, they will start school just before their fourth birthday. ​
How do we register for Kindergarten?
Simcoe County’s elementary public schools will be registering children for Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes in mid January. Contact your local public school for registration information. Please note that there are several school-based forms that will need to be completed at the time of registration.​

To find your local public school, use our School Search feature. If you are not sure which school serves your area, please call our Planning and Enrolment Department at 705-734-6363, ext. 11291, or 905-729-3600, ext. 11291.​​
What documents do we need for registration?
Birthdate Documentation: Proof of birthdate (original Canadian birth certificate, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, Canadian Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Record of Landing, or Statement of Live Birth – long version).

Residential Address: Proof of your child's address.

Below is a list of appropriate pieces of documentation that a parent/guardian may present to verify address:

- property tax assessment
- lease/rental agreement
- ownership title
- proof of purchase agreement for the primary residence
- utility bill in the name of the parent(s)/guardian(s)
- letter of residency
- statutory declaration

Record of Immunization: A record of immunization is also requested to assist the District Health Unit in meeting its requirement under the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) to collect and maintain immunization records for every child registered in school. For further immunization details, contact your District Health Unit by dialing 1-877-721-7520.
Do you have information about child care centres and before and after school programs?
Yes, you can view the list on the Child Care Centres page.​
Can you tell me more about the Kindergarten program?
​Kindergarten is a play-based educational program where children explore, discover and learn about the world around them. It is our aim to engage children’s curiosity, imagination and creativity, and help them develop a love of learning. The full Kindergarten curriculum can be found on the Ministry's website.
We live within the designated busing area for our school. How can I prepare my child for the first bus ride?
During the summer, the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) hosts the First Rider Programs in various locations throughout the County for primary-aged students new to busing. For more information on transportation, visit the SCSTC website. ​
How can I help prepare my child for the transition to Kindergarten?
There are many great ways to get your child excited about Kindergarten. This process begins at home well before the first day of school. Read our parent information booklet Wonderful Journey of Learning, which has tips on how to get ready for Kindergarten.

The Ontario Early Years Centres in Simcoe County have also developed a number of resources providing early learning activities for children, helpful links and a list of suggested books and songs.
How do we register if my family is new to Canada?
Additional valid documentation is required to register visa/foreign students. Families of Kindergarten students new to Canada are invited to contact our Newcomer Welcome Centre at 705-725-8360, ext. 45160.​
Kindergarten in the SCDSB

Watch our Kindergarten in the SCDSB video to experience what a typical day in Kindergarten is like!

 

Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Watch our Nutrition and Healthy Eating video for tips on what to pack in your child's lunch!