Full-day Kindergarten: How it works

Every four- and five-year old in Ontario has the opportunity to attend a full-day Kindergarten program.

One of the most valuable aspects of Ontario’s full-day Kindergarten programs is its unique staffing model — where the classroom teacher and DECE (designated early childhood educator) work as a team bringing the program to life, creating a dynamic learning environment.

Children benefit by having both a DECE and a teacher in the classroom — these two professionals work together to give students the best possible start in school.

The Kindergarten team keeps learning child-centred and play-based. Both professionals observe, assess and assist each child in their classroom. Both undertake ongoing professional learning to enhance their skills. Both communicate with parents and caregivers.

Each professional also brings their specials skills to the Kindergarten program.