The New Kindergarten Program
In 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Education released a new curriculum for Kindergarten. Although there are many similarities to the Full Day Kindergarten program there are also some differences. Currently, The Kindergarten Program has been designed with principles, expectations for learning and methods of educating young learners that are developmentally appropriate for 4 and 5 year old children.
The primary goals of the Kindergarten program are:
- to establish a strong foundation for learning in the early years;
- to help children make a smooth transition from home, child care, or preschool settings to school settings;
- to allow children to reap the many proven benefits of learning through relationships, and through play and inquiry;
- to set children on a path of lifelong learning and nurture competencies that they will need to thrive in the world of today and tomorrow.
(from The Kindergarten Program, Ministry of Education, 2016)
The Four Frames
The four frames align with the four foundational conditions needed for children to grow and flourish − Belonging, Well-Being, Expression, and Engagement.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Use the following table to help you consider your child’s readiness for school.
Before bedtime, tape the words to the ceiling above your child's bed.
Your child can use a flashlight to identify and read the words.