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Kindergarten, French immersion registration open

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) has opened registration for kindergarten and French immersion for the upcoming school year. Meanwhile, the provincial government will introduce a new kindergarten curriculum beginning in September 2025.

Children turning four or five this year are eligible to attend kindergarten in September.

Information about kindergarten registration, including required documents and a list of all elementary schools, is available on YRDSB website. Families can register online, by email, phone or mail. You may also request an appointment to drop off completed forms at your child’s school.

French immersion registration continues through Monday, Feb. 5. A podcast about the program is available for families thinking about enrolling their children in French immersion. A list of French immersion schools, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and registration information is available on the Board’s website.

The provincial government has unveiled a “back-to-basics” kindergarten curriculum that will focus on literacy and math skills. Combined with hands-on and play-based learning, the new curriculum will ensure students entering Grade 1 have the foundational skills in literacy and math and intellectual growth, it promises.

New and mandatory learning will include the understanding of sound-letter relationships, developing phonics knowledge and using specific vocabulary. For example, as children are constructing a house with building blocks and other materials, the educator would intentionally use new words to build student vocabulary.

All students will start to learn about fractions, coding and patterns earlier in their education to build foundational math concepts and skills that are the “gateway” to the disciplines of science, technology and engineering, as well as construction, skilled trades and architecture, the provincial government adds. Kindergarten students currently learn from a program developed eight years ago.

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