Rocky Mountain School District No. 6

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Pathway to Kindergarten

A successful transition not only ensures that a child is ready to leave the Early Years Preschool, Daycare, Playschool or home setting to start primary school, but it also makes sure that the Early Years setting the child is leaving and the school the child will join are also prepared for the transition. In order to achieve a successful transition there must be communication and connection between the Early Years setting and the school leading up to Kindergarten. 

Rocky Mountain School District in collaboration with Early Years Community Partners have developed Pathway to Kindergarten to support families, school staff, and our Early Years partners with transition to Kindergarten. Parents and caregivers can access the Ministry of Education's Ready, Set, Learn booklet which is filled with ideas for helping your preschooler get ready for school. 


Starting School

Ready, Set, Learn events and Kindergarten transition events will be communicated annually through schools and Early Years partners. In addition to these events, you can also help this transition to go smoothly for your child by reaching out to visit the school and tour your child's new classroom. Parents should also meet with school staff to identify their child's strengths, needs, interests and difficulties.

Learning supports: Entering school can be particularly challenging when a child has special needs. If your child requires support, further meetings with the school team in the Spring before your child is scheduled to start Kindergarten will help ensure that:

  • Necessary supports and materials are in place
  • Your child's educators are prepared to deliver a tailored educational program to meet your child's needs

 

 

Students entering school

 

Full Day Kindergarten

A full day, play-based kindergarten program has long-term benefits for a child's academic and social skills – it can increase their success in school and in life. Access to full day kindergarten is available for all eligible five-year-olds in British Columbia. When I Go to Kindergarten supports a vision of communities where children feel nurtured, safe, connected to their culture and hounoured for who they are as individuals.


When to Register

Children can start kindergarten in September of the year they turn five years old.

Kindergarten registration usually begins in January for the following September. Parents/caregivers should contact their local school or independent school authority for registration information.

To register your child, the parent or legal guardian should bring the following items:

  • Your child's original birth certificate, any applicable immigration documents, and/or proof of Canadian citizenship for both you and your child
  • Your child's immunization record
  • Proof of your residence address (a document such as your current year property tax receipt, current month rental receipt, or a purchase/rental agreement)

Note: Parents are required to have their children registered for school or homeschooling by the calendar year in which they turn six. If parents choose to delay school enrolment for their five-year-old, they should discuss this choice with the school principal in order to determine the best placement for their child.

Find more information:

Full Day Kindergarten program