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.