January 7, 2020

Peel families invited to “Start with a Smile” and register for kindergarten

Children born in 2016 can start school in September 2020

Peel District School Board elementary schools are currently accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2020-21 school year, and will hold Kindergarten Registration Week from Jan. 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also in the evening on Jan. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Parents of children born in 2016 are invited to attend their local Peel school to register their child for the kindergarten program.  

 "Our staff looks forward to welcoming new kindergarten students and families into schools for the first time and share with them the great adventures coming their way," says Peter Joshua, director of education. "We're ready to help your child succeed while they play, wonder and learn in kindergarten."

To launch Kindergarten Registration Week, families are invited to join a live information session on the Peel board's Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 13 at noon. The Facebook live segment will include a breakdown of the kindergarten program and an opportunity to answer questions live about kindergarten and the registration process. Questions can be submitted in advance through direct message on the board's Facebook page or by emailing [email protected].

If families are unable to attend Kindergarten Registration Week, they can register their child for kindergarten any time during school hours by completing the online registration forms in advance and visiting the school that their child will attend during school hours. It is recommended that families call ahead of time to reduce wait times. To find out what school their child will attend, families can use the Find Your School tool at www.peelschools.org/schools/findyourschool

Before arriving at the school, the following documents must accompany the completed kindergarten registration forms:

  • Proof of child's age (one of)
    • Canadian birth certificate 
    • Canadian passport 
    • citizenship card/certificate 
    • Permanent Resident Card 
    • confirmation of permanent residence 
    • work or study permit 
    • proof of newcomer status

  • ​Proof of address (one of)​
    • utility bill    
    • bank statement/client slip (directly from a financial institution) 
    • credit card statement 
    • federal government forms (e.g. Service Canada, Ontario Works or Canada Post change of address) 
    • purchase agreement 
    • Other Government Identification (e.g. Ontario Photo Card) 
      Please note that a driver's license cannot be accepted. 

  • Proof of custody
    Children must live with their parent(s) unless provided documentation supports an alternate living arrangement.

  • Proof of immunization
    Students registering in an Ontario public school for the first time must provide proof of immunization or an exemption form. Report your child's immunizations to the Region of Peel online and provide the reference number to your child's school when registering. An Ontario Health card is required.

Prepare your child to Start with a Smile 

To help ease the transition and help your child prepare for kindergarten, families can access resources and activities at www.peelschools.org/parents/kindergarten/prepare

For more information about the Start with a Smile kindergarten program and to access the kindergarten registration forms, visit www.peelschools.org/kindergarten

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Reference: Nav Sahota, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2626, [email protected]  ​

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