Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Full Day Kindergarten

Beginning in September 2016, all Kindergarten programs will be based on the expectations outlined in The Kindergarten Program, 2016 (PDF, 4.22 MB), which supersedes The Full-Day Early Learning–Kindergarten Program, Draft Version, 2010–11. The PDF of the complete document, with links to a wide range of resources, is now available.

The Kindergarten Program (2016) sets out what four- and five-year-olds across the province will learn in Ontario’s two-year Kindergarten program. It also describes how educators will help children learn through play and inquiry. Based on the most up-to-date information about child development and how children learn best, the Kindergarten program provides a smooth transition from home or child care settings and a strong foundation for learning in the years to come.

In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry has released the policy document Growing Success – The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children's learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

Print copies of The Kindergarten Program, 2016 is also available from publications Ontario.