Serving over 70,000 students in the City of Ottawa, The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario. It is the seventh largest school board population in the province and students attend school in one of the jurisdiction’s 143 schools.
Kindergarten is the beginning of an exciting adventure for children and their families. Children will develop relationships, independence, confidence and the behaviours and attitudes that will ensure their success in school.
Children who turn four years old on or before Dec. 31, 2021 can register to begin Kindergarten in the fall. Kindergarten is optional but children must start school in the year that they turn six years old. OCDSB offers a fully bilingual program and everyone is welcome. Extended day programs are also available for children before and after school.
OCDSB’s schools offer a Full-Day Kindergarten experience that provides a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment for all children. Kindergarten within the OCDSB is a two-year bilingual program, which consists of 50 per cent English instruction and 50 per cent French instruction. Parents should take note that children develop at their own pace – the OCDSB’s Kindergarten program is designed to reflect that.
The OCDSB’s Kindergarten program provides children with age-appropriate educational activities, taking into account children’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs.
In Kindergarten, the play-based learning expectations are connected with four ‘frames’: Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics and Problem Solving and Innovating. Children are exposed to integrated learning experiences in English and French, which are designed in the way that children naturally learn.
Children are supported by a teacher and early-childhood educators. A variety of supports are available to help families that are new to Canada through its Family Reception Centre. For students whose first language is not English, the OCDSB offers English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development programs.
In addition to its commitment to providing learning and working environments where all individuals
feel safe, valued, respected and welcome, the OCDSB focuses on teaching young learners to become globally aware, academically diverse, innovative and creative and digitally-fluent, just to name a few. To register a child in Kindergarten, please visit the OCDSB’s website to access and complete the online registration form.