Helping Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Posted On Tuesday October 08, 2019

The district is working to establish relationships with families before they register their five-year-old children for Kindergarten.

“It’s important that we know ahead of time who is coming, what school they want to attend, and whether they will require additional resources,” said Marianne Vande Pol, district early years coordinator, in a presentation to the Board of Education rmeeting Oct. 7. “This helps us better prepare to welcome students and to make sure their needs are met.”

Two provincial projects focused on helping families, daycare providers and Kindergarten teachers to help four-year-olds get ready for Kindergarten were highlighted at Monday’s regular Board of Education meeting. Marianne Vande Pol, the district’s early years coordinator, said SD73 has been invited by the Ministry of Education to participate in Changing Results for Young Learners (CR4YL), and to continue its involvement with Strengthening Early Years to Kindergarten (SEY2K).

The CR4YL program will be piloted in Arthur Hatton Elementary and Beattie Elementary, along with the Child Development Centre and Cariboo Childcare.This new program will connect early childhood educators and teachers through the common goal of working on children’s social and emotional well-being.

Parents who want to learn more about getting their children ready for Kindergarten are invited to attend a free event at John Tod Y, 150 Wood Street in Kamloops Nov. 21, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

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