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Kindergarten Information

Ready, Set, Go! It's Time to Get Set for Kindergarten!

School District 46 invites parents of children entering Kindergarten in September to register their children for the elementary school serving their area (go to the school locator and search your resident address).  

Kindergarten students must be five years of age on or before December 31st of the year they attend school. 

To ensure that your child is able to attend your neighbourhood school, it is essential that you registerClick HERE to begin the online student registration!

Programs & Cross Boundary

  • If you are considering one of our Distributed Learning programs, please contacts the Elementary SPIDER (K-6) principal to discuss your interest in the program.
  • If you are considering the NEST program, please contacts the Davis Bay Elementary principal to discuss your interest in the program.
  • If there is availability in your preferred program and it is agreed to be a good fit for your child, please also fill out a cross boundary application.
  • For cross boundary applicants, please complete the cross boundary online application by the Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, 3:30 PM deadline.

Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule

Kindergarten students throughout the district will have a gradual entry as this allows our youngest students an opportunity to settle in to their formal school experience with a few more days to adjust. 

School Supplies

At School District 46, we do not ask for families to purchase or pay for school supplies. In order to ensure that all of our students have high quality learning tools and that we reduce financial challenges for all of our families, school supplies will be provided.

Vancouver Coastal Health | Stepping in to kindergarten

Health Resources for Early Childhood – Vancouver Coastal Health

Kindergarten immunizations, health screening, information and resources are available from the Dental Hygienist (tooth and oral health), Speech and Language Therapist (communication skills), Occupational Therapist (attention, learning and fine motor skills), Hearing Screener (hearing), Public Health Nurses (immunizations) and Dietitian (healthy eating). We invite you to connect with us for more information and to explore the resources below. Translation services are available for families who speak languages other than English. 

Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child’s health and the health of their classmates. This year kindergarten immunizations are available by booked appointment with a Public Health Nurse.

If your child needs their immunizations, call to book an appointment or to ask questions:

Gibsons Health Unit: 604-984-5070

Sechelt Health Unit: 604-885-5164

Pender Harbour Health Centre: 604-883-2764 

Kindergarten Immunizations: 

Skin Numbing Cream or Patches

Caring for Your Child after Immunization.

Early Childhood Speech and Language

If you would like to talk to a speech therapist about your child’s speech and language development please call 604-885-8705. Our speech-language therapists will be happy to discuss your concerns and provide a screening checklist to complete. 

Milestones for speech and language development

Keep your First Language

Stuttering

Verbal Reasoning

The connection between language and reading

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists support children to develop skills necessary to participate as independently as possible in everyday activities including fine motor skills such as pre-printing skills, drawing, manipulating objects and the ability to attend to and participate in school activities. If you have concerns regarding your child’s kindergarten readiness skills please call 604-885-8706 to speak with the occupational therapist before your child enters school. 

VCH Pediatric Resource list

Learning Activities

Pencil Grasp

Dental Health

Promote oral health by offering your child healthy foods most often, water to drink when thirsty and milk with meals only. Help your child brush every day with fluoride toothpaste, especially before bedtime, and schedule regular check-up appointments with your dentist. Call the public health dental hygienist (604-984-5070 ext 6504) with questions, or to ask for mouth screening, or fluoride varnish.

Brushing and flossing for all ages

Mouth Care for the 3-6 year old

Nutrition

Find opportunities to share meals with your child. Children respond well to structured, sit down meals and snacks. Try to follow the division of responsibility of feeding when providing meals and snacks. The parent/caregiver decides what, when and where food is provided, and the child decides if and how much food to eat from what is provided. If you have nutrition questions or concerns please email HealthLink BC Dieticians or call 8-1-1 and ask to speak to a Dietician.

Sharing Food, Creating Fun

Positive Mealtimes

Lunches to Go

Healthy Eating for Parents and Children

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image

Welcome to Kindergarten Family Cookbook

Hearing

Hearing screening is available to kindergarten students with parental consent. If you have concerns about your child’s hearing please contact the VCH Public Health Audiology program at 604-984-5070. 

Hearing Loss in Children

Vision

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision, or to schedule a routine eye exam, please contact an optometrist.

Young children and Their Vision

Screen Time and Your Young Child

VCH Public Health services are all free. Check out the BC Healthy Kids Program for information about covering the cost of basic dental care, prescription eyewear, and hearing assistance for children in low income families.

Dear Parents of Children Entering Kindergarten,

Your child is on a wonderful journey.

Your child is unique. No other child in the world said the same first word at the same moment as yours.  No other child learned to walk in exactly the same way or at exactly the same time. No other child has had identical experiences, thoughts, interests or ideas. You know your child’s strengths and needs better than anyone.

As parents, you have firsthand knowledge of how your child learns. You have observed your child’s constant, active attempts to make sense of the world. As your child’s first teacher, you have helped your child to learn in many ways.

We are confident that your child’s schooling experience will continue the learning process started at birth and supported by you for the past few years. We are excited to assist each child to continue to develop in many ways throughout his or her school experiences.

By combining your knowledge and ours, we can assist your child to become a self confident, lifelong learner.  Please call your child’s principal at any time if you have any questions about your child’s education.

Welcome to school on the Sunshine Coast!

Sincerely,

Kate Kerr

Superintendent of Schools

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