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Kindergarten Information

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

  • Registration for kindergarten 2024-2025 is open! Click HERE to begin the online student registration.
  • We invite parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten to register their children for the elementary school serving their area (go to the school locator and search your resident address to find your catchment area school). 
  • Kindergarten students must be five years of age on or before December 31st of the year they attend school. 
  • Indigenous Learning welcomes you to kindergarten! Why does the Registration Form ask about Indigenous ancestry?
  • For more information on preparing your child for kindergarten, please read the SD46 Kindergarten brochure.

Registration and Expressions of Interest Forms Process

First you will need to register with your catchment school. You can determine this by entering your address into our school locator.



If you are considering the Davis Bay NEST Program and/or Nature-Based Learning at Langdale, you will be required to fill out Expressions of Interest Forms (available in February) by the March deadline. You are welcome to submit Expressions of Interest Forms for both schools.

Also note, that the schools do not carry applications forward to the next year, you will be required to re-apply for your child each year, should they not obtain a spot.



Langdale Elementary families all have a place in the primary (K-Grade 3) Nature-Based Learning classes at Langdale Elementary and are NOT required to fill out the Expression of Interest Form.  A lottery draw for spaces for those out of catchment will happen in late March dependent on the space available. This is unlike Davis Bay Elementary NEST where all students, regardless of their catchment area, have to enter a lottery by completing the Expression of Interest Form.




If you are considering the SD46 SPIDER program, please contact the Elementary SPIDER (K-6) principal to discuss your interest in the program.


If you do not live in the catchment of the school you wish to attend, after you complete the above, you will also need to complete a Cross Boundary Application by the March deadline.

Dear parents/guardians 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/guardians, 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!




Kate Kerr

Superintendent of Schools

Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule

Gradual Entry is a successful and long accepted practice in preschools and child care centres. It provides time for the child, parent and teacher to get to know each other better, making the transition to a kindergarten a happier, more comfortable and secure experience for children.


All schools on the Sunshine Coast follow the Kindergarten Gradual Entry program that promotes the interconnected relationships between the child, teachers, family and community (Pianta & Kraft-Sayre, 2003). Careful planning goes into the transition process, and typically involves opportunities for children and families to connect with school staff.


During the gradual entry process, “welcoming conversations” are scheduled with parents and caregivers, providing an opportunity for them to engage in one-to-one meetings with teachers. Teachers gain valuable insight about the child and parents gain a good understanding about what a kindergarten program entails.  It helps build relationship between families and the kindergarten teacher and school team. 


The familiarity with the learning environment and expectations that are developed through gradual entry helps children and families feel more comfortable and less anxious.  It helps support children and create a positive start to their educational journey.


The following is this school year’s Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule:


PDF version

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.

Welcoming You to Kindergarten Offerings

Vancouver Coastal Health Stepping into Kindergarten Health Event 2024

Vancouver Coastal Health Welcome to Kindergarten Resources

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