For enrolment in Kindergarten, your child must be four-years-old by the end of the calendar year.
If registering for the first time, please bring the following:
- Birth certificate or birth registry/baptismal certificate
- Ontario Health Card
- Proof of residency
- Immunization record
English and French Immersion Programming
Parents/guardians can enroll their children in the English Program or the French Immersion Program.
The English Program is exclusively in English. Core French instruction is introduced in Grade 4. In the Core French Program, students learn basic French through songs, games, drama, and interactive activities for a specified period of time daily.
French Immersion immerses children in the French language, including cultural experiences, when they begin school. English language instruction is introduced in Grade 3 and gradually builds to an equal balance of French and English instruction by Grade 5. This ensures that students gain effective bilingual skills. This program is designed for English speaking parents/guardians so they may support their child to become bilingual.
Kindergarten Orientation is available for all students starting school. To learn more, contact your area Rainbow elementary school.
English and French Immersion
Kindergarten is offered is all Rainbow elementary schools in English and French Immersion.
Rainbow District School Board’s Kindergarten program is based on sound principles of early childhood education with a strong focus on character development.
Intellectual stimulation, physical development, social/emotional development and self-discipline are emphasized daily.
In Rainbow Schools, children learn important values such as sharing and co-operating with others. Teachers become important role models for the young children, which further enhances the learning experience.
A day in Kindergarten
Rainbow Schools offers all day every day programs for four and five-year-olds.
Children are immersed in a rich learning environment where their social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth are nurtured through play-based learning.
Research has shown that the early, critical years form the foundation for future learning in academic subjects.
Children play at learning centres where they are encouraged to explore and solve problems in groups or on their own.
By participating in these activities, children use a variety of material to discover, investigate how things work, share ideas, develop theories and test them out.
Time to explore, grow and play
All schools within Rainbow District School Board offer the Early Learning Program.
What you can expect in Kindergarten
With a teacher and an early childhood educator in every classroom, adults will have greater opportunities to get to know your child. This team approach will bring out the best in your child through activities and play.
- There will be a more relaxed entry for four-year-olds into the school environment.
- We anticipate that these new programs will have both four and five-year-olds in the same class.
- Children will have an opportunity to get to know each other and learn alongside their peers, both younger and older.
- Play-based learning will be the primary method of instruction.
- Children will have many opportunities to engage in activities using materials that are meaningful and relevant to them.
- A timetable will be developed to channel the energy of young children.
- The day will include active times both inside and outside, quiet times listening to music and enjoying stories and books, and plenty of opportunities to play. Children will explore, experiment and problem solve. They will use natural materials, to dramatize, paint, draw, design, sing, dance and laugh.
- A strong foundation for future learning in literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, the arts, health and physical education will be provided in a program that celebrates children and the joys of childhood.
Before and After School Programs
During the school year, schools will offer an integrated before and after school program led by early childhood educators. The program will be optional and available for a reasonable fee. Subsidies will be available for some families, based on financial need.
To learn more, review the FAQ’s listed below or visit the Ministry of Education’s website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is all day early learning for four and five-year-olds?
All day early learning is a curriculum-based program. Four and five-year-olds will attend school all day, every day. There will be two adults in each classroom of 26 students – a teacher and an early childhood educator. Before and after school programs will be offered for a nominal fee. Subsidies will be available for some families, based on financial need.
What will my child learn?
Through instruction and play-based learning, children will develop socially and emotionally by interacting with their peers and the adults who teach and guide them. They will also develop their capacity in language and mathematics, and participate in physical activities and the arts.
How will all day early learning benefit my child?
All day early learning will offer children a high quality program that will provide a sound start for a healthy and productive life. They will have increased opportunities to be with their peers and to develop the academic and social skills necessary for school. The program will build a solid foundation for each child’s reading, writing and math skills. Early learning will also help your child make a smoother transition to Grade 1.
What are the components of the Early Learning Program?
The Early Learning program has two components:
- Core component: In each classroom, one teacher and one early childhood educator will work together to help children learn during the regular school day.
- Optional extended day component: Before and after school programs for 4 and 5 year olds will be led by early childhood educators, based on interest.
How can I register my child for the all day program?
All four and five-year-olds can attend school all day, every day. To register, contact your area Rainbow School.
Is there a cost to register my child for all day learning?
The regular school day portion of the all day early learning program is part of Ontario’s publicly funded school system. There will be no cost for this portion of your child’s day.
If you choose to enroll your child in the extended day program offered before and after regular school hours, you will pay a fee. Subsidies will be available for some families, based on income.
Will transportation be provided?
Busing will be offered for four and five-year-olds, based on Board policy through the Sudbury Student Services Consortium. To see if your child is eligible for busing, please contact the Consortium at 705.521.1234 or 1.877.225.1196.
Transportation for the before and after school programs will not be provided.
Where can I obtain more information?
For more information about all day early learning programs at Rainbow Schools:
- speak with the principal at your area school
- visit the Ministry of Education’s website
French Immersion Program
The program is the same, however, the language of instruction is French.
The FI and English early learning programs are both based on the Kindergarten program document and employ the key elements of:
A strength based view of the young child as a learner:
- Play based learning through inquiry and connections to the real world
- Child interests as the starting points for curriculum development
- The intentional classroom environment and open ended materials as provocations for learning
- Self-regulation as integral to learning
- Observation, conversations and documentation of learning as assessment tools
What does French Immersion look like in the play-based classroom environment?
Large blocks of time are dedicated each day to play based learning and inquiry, both indoors and outdoors.
The play is rich and driven by children’s interests, so children are highly engaged in their play-based environment.
Small group learning throughout the day creates a great environment for learning that gives the educator the opportunity to work more closely with the children focusing on their learning strengths.
Materials are important in Kindergarten and assist with building the language experience. Educators sit with the children as they are using the various materials and talk about their learning and thinking with them in French. For example, a child might use English words to explain his thinking or share his ideas. The educator responds by reflecting his thinking back to him in French by highlighting key words with actions, further probing the child’s thinking by asking questions and / or elaborating in French by suggesting other possibilities. In this way, the educator is verbally responding, extending and challenging children’s thinking.
Children are immersed in a meaningful French print environment that children and educators build together through daily inquiries and investigations. Together, they create and read French texts and appropriate French print.
The language of the classroom is vibrant and energetic, arising from the interests, questions and thinking of children as they interact with the world and the people around them.
Children hear the French conversations that occur between the educators. Children can be heard speaking French in the hallways and on the playground. They incorporate French words, phrases and expressions into their conversations.
What is the role of the educator?
Educators are co-learners with the children. They are responsive to children’s interests and children’s questions.
Educators spend time observing children’s play in order to develop deeper understandings of children’s thinking and learning. Educators spend lots of time talking with children about the materials they are using.
The program, projects and studies are authentic and emerge from the children’s interests that are expressed and repeated over time.
More emphasis is placed on the design of learning through play-based inquiry with materials and small group project work and less on whole group instruction
Educators immerse children in the language of French, by speaking to each other in French, and by speaking to the children in French. Educators model rather than correct children’s attempts to speak in French.
While children continue to express themselves in English, educators speak French. Educators will be sensitive to children who may be frustrated or upset and require some English supports in order to engage in learning early on in the first year of the program.
Language acquisition is enhanced through effective second language teaching practices such as through gestures, body language, expressive tone, visual support, repetition, songs, rhyming games, short stories and play acting, that help children develop the French language, as well as the other expectations of Kindergarten.
Children and educators create and use actions to go along with the vocabulary to engage all learning modalities (kinesthetic, visual, auditory).
French songs and poems that are related to the interests and projects going on in the classroom expand children’s understanding and help them acquire language in different ways. Songs and poems recorded as print provide another way for children to see the written French language.
What is the role of the children?
In a play-based environment, children are given choice and opportunity to be active participants in the design of their learning.
Young children acquire language when given the opportunity to be actively engaged, in their learning and to question, to offer ideas and share what they are discovering.
Children want to learn words, phrases, descriptions, questions, explanations and narratives that relate to their play and the interests they are pursuing and are more motivated to use French when it relates to their interests.
Children are comfortable playing with the French language. They will use a combination of French and English in their conversations with one another and with the educators.
Children develop increasing confidence as they begin to recognize words and phrases and start using them.
Children’s receptive language skills (listening / reading) develop more quickly than their expressive language skills (speaking / writing). Therefore, although the French Immersion educators will be speaking French, the child’s ability to respond in French will gradually increase as they are immersed in the language.
Children will be comfortable using the French they know. There isn’t anxiety around “having to speak French”.
There is a context to the vocabulary because it is based on the projects and activities that the children are creating. The children will use the words because they want to engage in the play with their peers and educators.
Children are happy and confident and comfortable in French Immersion. They know that they can learn at their own pace and that their interests are valued.
Early Learning Newsletters
A Look at Learning in Rainbow Schools
More than the ABCs
In the Kindergarten program in Rainbow Schools, children are learning more than the traditional ABCs. They are learning what it means to be readers and writers. Four and five-year-olds are learning that words convey messages, that they can interpret those messages and can use words to communicate their own messages.
“For young children, their own name, the letters of their name, and the names of the significant people in their lives are one of the first and most important reading opportunities that adults recognize,” says Rainbow District School Board Superintendent Lesleigh Dye. “Children quickly learn the names of the other children in their classroom, they read these names, copy these names and use them as a reference for reading and writing. Reading the names of family and friends has personal meaning to the children, making them memorable and an ideal starting point for developing literacy skills.”
In Kindergarten classrooms, teachers and early childhood educators offer daily invitations and opportunities for children to work with letters and with words through the materials they provide and the questions they ask. In the Kindergarten classroom at Princess Anne Public School, for instance, Teacher Lorna Oshell and Early Childhood Educator, Sheena Moyle, invite children to create words using a variety of materials in the classroom every day. Magnetic letters on magnetic boards, scrabble letters, and markers on white boards prove to be wonderful tools for working with words.
“Children quickly learn where these tools are in the classroom to assist them in their word work,” says Early Learning Consultant Paricia Dixon-Van Mierlo. “The other day, I watched two children go get the name cards they needed in order to record a letter or a name. No one needed to prompt them to use these words as resources for their own writing. They are motivated to read and write about things that are important to them.”
“Watching children learn to decode the meaning of the world of print is fascinating,” says Superintendent Dye. “We can learn so much about how young children learn, when we pay attention to what has meaning for them.”