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Entering kindergarten is an exciting time for your child and is an important first step in their Catholic education. We want this transition to the school community to be as smooth as possible for you and your child. Each of our schools has a unique way of orienting your child to the program but here are some special tips that you can begin working on immediately to help make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible.
We are pleased to offer the following Early Learning Programs:
Frequently Asked Questions
How old must my child be to register for an Early Learning program?
To be eligible for Kindergarten your child must be five years old on or before March 1 of the school year that they will be starting Kindergarten.
To be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K), your child must be four years old on or before March 1 of the school year. Fees may apply. Please contact the school offering Pre-K for further information or call an Early Learning consultant at 780 638 6810 or by fax at 780 638 6844.
How do I find out about a Pre-K/Kindergarten program?
Contact individual schools for additional information, or Catholic Education Services at 780 441-6000. You can also visit the Pre-K/Kindergarten program page.
You will be asked to provide proof of your child’s name, date of birth and citizenship. Only the following documents verifying birth are accepted:
There are many ways that you can make the transition to school go smoothly for your child:
Talk often about Pre-K/Kindergarten and reassure your child that it will be an exciting experience.
What should I tell the teacher about my child?
The Early Learning teacher and the school will want as much information as possible. Some guidelines that might help the teacher get to know your child better include:
What will my child learn in kindergarten?
In addition to the teacher, Alberta Education is a great resource and publishes, ‘Kindergarten in Alberta – A Handbook for Parents-Catholic Version.’ The resource is available online on the Alberta Education website or you might ask the school to see a copy during orientation. It is a very valuable resource.
For more information, you may also check out Alberta Education's website at: http://education.alberta.ca/parents/resources/handbook.aspx .
In Edmonton Catholic Schools we treat each child as a valued and unique member of God's family.