Full-day Kindergarten: Why it works

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has long been an advocate of full-day Kindergarten. We actively promote play-based learning in Kindergarten and beyond — are proud of the work done by the team of Kindergarten professionals and parents to support the learning of our youngest students.

Research has shown the benefits — students in full-day Kindergarten:

  • are more ready to move up to Grade one

  • read better in later grades

  • demonstrate greater skills in oral language and artistic expression

  • stay in school longer

  • are more confident and willing to take risks.

From a broader educational perspective, full-day Kindergarten:

  • narrows the gap in achie vement among students from different socio-economic groups

  • leads to better integration of Kindergarten into the elementary school community, making children feel more comfortable with school

  • provides more opportunities for DECEs (designated early childhood educator) and teachers to work individually with students and incorporate play and social activities into the curriculum.