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It’s more consistency for our children. Less transitions and caregivers throughout the day. With so many dual income families there is a need for Full-Day Kindergarten. It saves families money because it is public education instead of daycare.
Full-Day Kindergarten does amazing things for children. It provides them with an encouraging and safe environment to learn and take risks. Watching the children grow as much as they do from September to June is such an honour. If politicians could witness this transformation and the amazing strides these children make each day, there would be no question that the program as it stands now cannot be changed.
Full-Day Kindergarten gives equal access to all students, regardless of race, class, equity, gender etc. to have similar opportunities at some of the earliest connections with formal education. Considering the changing needs in Canada and the crisis for many for survival, it further provides parents and families the opportunity to work and feel reassured that their children are in the care of wondrous educators who have the potential to change and re-write a very different future for many children across Ontario, whose start at life many not be optimal.
[Without the program] ... Many kids will have to go into unlicensed care, without any safety regulations or programming to engage their young minds. The alternatives are usually bleak and these children will enter Grade one years behind the children from wealthy areas. It will be difficult to close that gap. It is our duty to ensure that all children get the best start in life, that they are given what they need to succeed as adults. It is not only in their best interests, but ours as a society.
I came to Canada on a teacher exchange program from England 22 years ago. I’ve taught in the Ottawa/Carlton School Board. When I first started teaching here I was astounded at how far behind the students were in terms of their academic ability compared with their peers in England. Children start full school days at an earlier age in the U.K. My own children attended TDSB schools in their younger years and I felt that they missed out a great deal with only half days in Kindergarten. As an educator and a resourceful person, I supplemented their education in many ways. Most parents, particularly those working full-time, are unable to provide that kind of part-time “home schooling”. FDK is so valuable for our students and in the long term, valuable for our country. You reap what you sow! FDK should stay.
First and foremost, we know that a regular schedule for our daughter is important. She knows what to expect, she knows when things are supposed to happen. It gives her purpose, socialization, new experiences and a chance to grow on her own. To take a full-day and cut it in half, compressing those opportunities and experiences and having to rush through snacks and/or lunch and on to the next activity isn’t fair to her.
As a teacher I see the impacts in the students I see for French in grades 1-8. They have better language acquisition skills and learning skills because of the rich environment they spent time in for two years in Full-Day Kindergarten. As the mom of a child about to enter Junior Kindergarten, I want that for my child too!
Full-Day Kindergarten is so important because it allows children to have consistency in everyday, all day learning. Children need structure and routine.
As a teacher, spending a full day with the students is the best way to get to know them, and by knowing them well, we can build a stronger rapport and have a stronger sense of community where we all learn from one another. More time within the learning day leads to more learning.
Full-Day Kindergarten recognizes the importance of social emotional development in our youngest students. Children are surrounded with peers and educators that support and contribute to their development of self regulation. While academics are still a large part of early learning in the Full-Day Kindergarten program equal importance is given to the development of empathy, problem solving, collaboration, coping skills and mindfullness. The full-day program provides the time and consistency that allow this learning to happen.