Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) Program
The Education Act requires school boards to operate an extended day The Full-Day Kindergarten Program is a Ministry of Education provincial initiative that offers children ages 4 & 5 years, an enriched learning environment designed to help them develop socially, emotionally, academically and physically. This positive learning environment is provided by a certified Teacher and an Early Childhood Educator together.
Ontario began phasing in the Full-Day Kindergarten Program in September 2010 with full implementation in all schools by September 2015.
Year 1 Implementation 2010-2011
The Lambton Kent District School Board will offer full-day learning at the following school sites during the 2010-2011 school year:
Year 2 Implementation 2011-2012
During 2011-12, the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP) will be held at three additional Lambton Kent District School Board sites:
Year 3 Implementation 2012-2013
During 2012-13, the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP) will be held at these additional Lambton Kent District School Board sites:
Year 4 Implementation 2013-2014
During 2013-14, the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP) will be held at these additional Lambton Kent District School Board sites:
Year 5 Implementation 2014-2015
During 2014-15, the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP) will be held at these additional Lambton Kent District School Board sites:
About the Program
The Board worked with local municipalities and its coterminous school board to select schools based on the Ministry of Educationís guidelines, including available space, impact on existing local child care and local need.
Teachers and early childhood educators will work together to help children learn during the regular school day. Working side-by-side, these educators will create a welcoming environment where children can learn, play and grow.
The remainder of the schools under the jurisdiction of the Lambton Kent District School Board will continue to offer the traditional alternative day program in September 2010.
The full-day learning for four and five-year-olds will be phased in at the other schools in stages with a goal of having it fully implemented by 2015/16.
Full Day Kindergarten Extended Day Program
The Extended Day program is specifically developed for four and five year olds and functions under the operational framework of the Education Act under s.259. The program is optional to families on a fee for service basis. The viability of the Extended Day Program is explored by conducting an annual survey of families' needs for each Full Day Kindergarten school. This program will be considered if twenty or more children demonstrate an interest in registering in the program on a consistent basis. The surveys collected for the 2014-2015 school year identified interest specifically in JK/SK programming in the following schools;
Parents interested in registering their child for the Extended Day Program are asked to contact Chatham-Kent Child Care Waitlist and complete the information required.
Once you have registered on the child care waitlist, an email is sent to the operator and he/she will be in contact with you. A number of schools operate Extended Day/Before and After School programs throughout the Lambton Kent District School Board.
Subsidies are available to offset the cost of these programs. Contact one of the following subsidy offices for more information:
The following Full Day Kindergarten schools will not be offering an Extended Day Program for the September 2011 to June 2012 school year due to insufficient interest:
For more information about the Full Day Kindergarten Program, contact:
Taf Lounsbury, Superintendent of Education - Early Years / Elementary
519-336-1500, Ext 31570
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