Education and Early Childhood Development

KinderStart - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When should I register my child for KinderStart?
  2. Is busing provided for KinderStart sessions if I live greater than 1.6 kilometres from my school?
  3. Where can I find a list of licensed child care centres in the province?
  4. How do I register my child for KinderStart?
  5. What does my child need to know before entering school?
  6. My child has a disability. Is there anything I should know before registering him for KinderStart?

 

1. When should I register my child for KinderStart?

Registration for KinderStart is automatic when parents/caregivers register their child for Kindergarten at their designated school. Registration takes place in the calendar year a child becomes four years of age. Parents/caregivers should watch their local newspapers and school newsletters for more details regarding Kindergarten registration in their area.

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2. Is busing provided for KinderStart sessions if I live greater than 1.6 kilometres from my school?

Busing is not provided for KinderStart sessions.

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3. Where can I find a list of licensed child care centres in the province?

On the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services website.

If you have questions or concerns regarding regulated child care centres in your area, please contact the office nearest you:

  • Clarenville (709) 466-6355
  • Corner Brook (709) 637-2763
  • Gander (709) 651-3306
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay (709) 896-3591
  • St. John's (709) 752-4209

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4. How do I register my child for KinderStart?

Registration for KinderStart is automatic when parents/caregivers register their child for Kindergarten at their designated school.

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5. What does my child need to know before entering school?

Children arrive at KinderStart at different stages of development and with a multitude of experiences. Teachers organize their classrooms to meet the developing needs of all children. The KinderStart program is designed to expand children's learning experiences, extend understandings, shape concepts, acquire basic skills and form positive attitudes toward learning.

Parents who support their children's learning in the early years through reading, listening, singing, embracing, experiencing new things and promoting independence will have given their child the necessary skills for school.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your child's development you may wish to discuss these with your child's KinderStart teacher, or contact your local public health nurse or family resource centre.

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6. My child has a disability. Is there anything I should know before registering him for KinderStart?

Should a parent have a child with a disability entering school and the child already has an ISSP, a transition meeting with members of the school attending should happen prior to registration for KinderStart. The child may need additional support such as student assistant, itinerant or special education. If the child does not have an ISSP the parent may initiate the process by contacting the school where the child will be registered and begin the collaboration process.

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