Barkley is your child's friendly Kindergarten companion, and your guide to Kindergarten at the DSBN. Follow Barkley to learn all about what our Kindergarten program will offer your child and family.
Your child's health and safety is extremely important to us. We are consistently working with Niagara Region Public Health and the provincial government to ensure every DSBN school has effective and up-to-date health and safety protocols.
What is a typical day in Kindergarten like with us? Watch this video to hear from one of our Kindergarten teachers.
Curious about what a DSBN Kindergarten classroom looks like? Virtually explore one of our classrooms.
Your child will engage in the kind of learning Barkley loves the most: playing! Play helps stimulate a child's intellectual growth. Through different kinds of play, children learn how to reason and interact with each other, all while building a powerful foundation for a successful experience at school. Play-based learning in Ontario is designed to support your child's natural learning by focusing on four key areas:
In Kindergarten, students really begin to explore where they fit into the world and their role as community members.
Students matter as individuals. Learning in Kindergarten helps them to become more self-aware, and understand their own thinking and feelings.
Students show literacy with the language, pictures, and materials they use to express themselves. Using numbers and patterns during play strengthens their developing mathematics skills.
Kindergarten students begin to make sense of their world by asking questions, solving problems, and engaging in creative play.
Your child's Kindergarten journey starts in the year they turn 4. To begin Kindergarten in September 2023, your child will have been born in 2019
To register your child for Kindergarten, please show proof of:
Register for child care by visiting the Region of Niagara's Child Care Registry: Click here
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Our School Locator tool will tell you where your child's home school is.
Your child may qualify for a seat on the bus. The Niagara Student Transportation Service takes care of transportation at the DSBN, and you can find out if your child is eligible by clicking below.
We work closely with several community partners to provide before and after school child care options.
There are five EarlyOn locations based at our schools, where you and your child can engage in educational experiences together.
"I was nervous on my first day with my new family, but everything turned out OK! I have a story you can read to your child on how I overcame my first day fears."
"Thanks for learning all about Kindergarten with me. I can't wait to meet you and your family at school!"