A Full Day Of Learning For Young Students
This year, full-day kindergarten is available in nearly 600 schools across Ontario. Full-day kindergarten is the next step in our plan to help our kids get a better education in kindergarten through Grade 3. It helps kids get the best possible start. We're helping make things better for students from their first day of school to their last--and every day in between.
Introducing Full-Day Kindergarten
Ontario is beginning to implement full-day kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds with a seamless and integrated day that includes:
- An engaging, play-based educational program during the regular school day (for example, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- Integrated programs before and after school hours designed to complement the regular school day. These are optional and are offered to parents for a reasonable fee, where there is enough demand. Subsidies will be available for some families based on need.
Throughout the day, children will have opportunities to initiate play-based learning, as well as take part in more structured play-based learning under the guidance of a teacher and early childhood educator. Through play-based learning and small group instruction, children will develop a strong foundation for learning in all areas, including language and math. They will engage in healthy physical activities and the arts, and develop socially and emotionally through interaction with their peers and the educators who guide them.The goal is to have full-day kindergarten offered in all publicly funded elementary schools by 2015-16. The list of schools that will offer the program in 2010-11 and 2011-12 is available at Ontario.ca/Kindergarten.