Ottawa School Districts Now Offer Full Day Kindergarten

Ottawa Real Estate School District

Moving to Ottawa just as the new school year is about to begin can be a bit overwhelming-for students and parents alike! Luckily though, you have plenty of time to still get settled and registered for the public or private school of your choice.

The public school district begins classes on September 7, and most private schools also follow that calendar. For those of you searching for Ottawa area homes for sale, you can register online, and you will have the new option of sending your kindergarten aged child to a full day program instead of the half-day program that has traditionally been in use. For families that live in our beautiful  Ottawa communities, the full day program now offers a chance to save day care money and provide an even better head start in learning.

Ottawa Communities Full Day Kindergarten Information

Starting in September 2010, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will begin phasing in Full-Day Kindergarten for four and five year old students. Twenty-two of the Ottawa neighbourhood elementary schools will offer the Full-Day Kindergarten in in the 2010-2011 school year.

The selected Full-Day Kindergarten schools will offer an extended day program before and after school which will be led by registered early childhood educators. These programs are optional and will be available for $23.30 per day. Subsidies will be available for some families, based on financial need. All completed forms should be returned as soon as possible to the home school-and if you aren’t sure of which school you will be assigned, simply contact us, your Ottawa real estate experts, to learn about what Ottawa neighbourhoods are served by which schools.

Ottawa Elementary School Supplies Information

The Extended Day Kindergarten programs will operate subject to sufficient enrollment-so make sure you stay in contact with your assigned school to stay up to date. There is a registration form you must fill out for your child, which you can get directly from your school, as well as the school district website.

All Elementary School offices reopen Friday, August 27, 2010 and parents of elementary students  from kindergarten (half or full day) to grade 3 are asked to provide students with the following supplies:

  • pencils and erasers
  • glue sticks
  • ballpoint pens
  • crayons
  • rulers
  • blunt scissors

In addition to the items listed above, students in grades 4 to 8, will also need to bring within the first week:

  • three-hole, lined notebooks
  • three-hole, lined refill paper

Parents should continue to provide other items that they have purchased in the past such as binders, duotangs, coloured pencils, markers, and geometry sets.

Learn More About Ottawa, Canada

To learn more about relocating to Ottawa, or about how to find a home based upon schools, simply contact your Ottawa Real Estate Agents.

Until next time,
Bobbie