Kindergarten: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register my child for kindergarten?
Families should register through the school's kindergarten registration process.
Do I need to register differently if my child has special needs?
Students who have a demonstrated developmental disability, physical disability, hearing or vision loss or ASD/PDD diagnosis may require specialized support in the school setting. Families with a child who has special needs can also register online using the kindergarten registration portal available on the
kindergarten registration page.
The Peel board's Special Education Support Services department looks forward to working with families as planning for their child's entry to school in September begins.
Families will be requested to complete some of the additional forms outlined in the
Documents required for Registration section, including the
Planning for School Entry form and upload it in their online registration. Schools will also be following up with registered families to support them closely and meet their child's needs.
To learn more and prepare for registration, please review the following Parent letter - Enrolling students with special needs.
For more information about the special education supports available and registration, call 905-890-1010/1-800-668-1146 ext. 2315.
Is there a cost to register?
The kindergarten program is part of Ontario’s publicly funded school system. There will be no cost for this part of your child’s day. If you choose to enrol your child in before- and/or after-school programs, reasonable fees apply.
How many students are in a kindergarten class?
The Ministry of Education has set the class size standard for the early learning program at an average of 26 students on a board-wide basis. This provides for an average child-adult ratio of 13:1.
What are dual-age classrooms?
Dual-age kindergarten brings together everything we know about how young children learn best. The fact that four and five-year-olds are together in the same classroom does not detract from their learning--quite the opposite. We use the differences in age and development to help the children learn and achieve more than they would in a same-age classroom.
Learn more about dual-age classrooms here.
When does class start? When should I drop off or pick up my child?
Your child's school will tell you the exact times that your child’s kindergarten class starts and finishes. The school playground is supervised for 15 minutes before class starts (please do not send your child to school earlier) and 15 minutes after class ends.
Does my child qualify for free busing?
Busing will be offered for kindergarten students to and from the core program, based on the board's transportation policy. Kindergarten students who live more than one kilometre away from the school will be bused. This distance is the based on shortest, safe walking route measured along sidewalks, roadways and paved pedestrian walkways from school property line to home property line.
Busing is not provided to take students to and from the extended day program.
Is kindergarten mandatory?
No. In Ontario, children are required to attend school once they turn six. However, we sincerely believe that this is the best possible start to your child's education.
What after- or before-school childcare programs are available at my child's school?
Before- and after-school programs are offered at many school sites.
Childcare options exist in Peel region. Contact Child Care Info Peel at 905-890-9432 from Mississauga and Brampton, or 1-888-836-5550 from Caledon. This free telephone information service will help you choose child care that best suits your family’s needs.
How do I enrol my child in French Immersion for kindergarten?
The Peel board offers an early French immersion program that starts in grade 1. Students in the program become fluent in French while developing their English language skills. For kindergarten, your child will attend your neighbourhood school.
What kind of activities take place in kindergarten?
Children benefit from a variety of learning activities, including listening to stories, singing songs, chanting poems, solving math problems, investigating science and creating through art. Children learn through play. Each child’s emotional and social development, oral, reading, writing, math and science abilities are nurtured in rich, real-life contexts.
Every day, the educator(s) provide exciting activities. Children explore, discover, inquire and problem-solve together. The educator(s) also provide intentional instruction to the large group, small groups and individual children, based on each child’s developmental learning stage. Children also participate in daily outdoor or indoor physical activity.
Are there any resources I can share with my child to prepare them for kindergarten?
Help prepare your child – and you – for what school is all about by visiting our Prepare Your Child webpage. We also recommend these resources for parents and children.
For more information
For more information about the kindergarten program, contact your local school or the Peel board at 905-890-1010/1-800-668-1146 ext. 2548 or 2570.