Welcome to Kindergarten

Program snapshot

  • Our Kindergarten program is fully bilingual. Students spend equal amounts of time learning in French and English.

  • We focus on play-based learning. The art of play is the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills, which paves the way for learning.

  • A caring team of educators, including teachers and early childhood educators, leads every Kindergarten classroom.

  • Our school offers an Extended Day Program with before and after school spaces for children 4-12 years.

Children can start school in September of the year they turn 4. Registration for the coming school year opens in January.

Kindergarten 3D Tour

Explore your child’s Kindergarten classroom from home! Have fun moving around the classroom with your child as you both learn about the day-to-day Kindergarten experience.

To navigate the tour, use your touch screen or mouse to click and move around. For more instructions, click on the help button at the bottom of the tour.

Click to read a special note from our Kindergarten Team.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you prepare to send your child off to school for the first time, you likely have many questions and perhaps a few worries, too. Please don't worry! We have lots planned to ease the transition to school:

  • If you would like a tour of our Kindergarten classrooms and school, simply call or email us.

  • Read through the information on this webpage or visit https://www.ocsb.ca/our-schools/kindergarten/

  • Join us for our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening. Each spring we invite our future Junior Kindergarten students and their parents to an evening filled with lots of information, socializing and activities. It's a great way to get to know our staff and to meet other families.

  • In September, parents are invited to an Orientation Visit with teachers. These 10 to 20 minute visits are scheduled over the course of the first few days of school.

We look forward to meeting you and your child.


The St. Dominic Catholic School Kindergarten Team

Welcome to St. Dominic is an online storybook will take you on a virtual tour of many of the key areas of our school.


People You Will Meet at School is an online storybook that introduces our Kinder team, as well as a few other staff members.

Step Inside! is an online storybook that shows some of the things your child may find inside their Kindergarten classroom.

INFOGRAPHIC CAROUSEL: Click the left or right arrows below to switch images.

To Do List for New Kindergarten Parents and Guardians:

About the Kindergarten Program at St. Dominic

  • We have 3 Kindergarten classes at our school. In each of the Kindergarten classrooms, you will find a teacher, an Early Childhood Educator, and a mix of Junior and Senior Kindergarten students. Sometimes an Educational Assistant is also assigned to work in the classroom.

  • Learning in Kindergarten follows the Ontario Kindergarten Program:

      • The program is focused on key areas of learning called "The Four Frames". The Four Frames include Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well-Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours, and Problem Solving and Innovating

      • The program is "play-based". Through their play, children to explore ideas, work our problems, practise skills, deepen their understanding of the world and interact with others.

  • Our Kindergarten classrooms are set up with learning centres for building, dramatic play, arts and crafts, making discoveries, writing, reading, using technology and praying. Beyond the classroom, our Kindergarten students also have multiple opportunities throughout each week to play in the Gym, visit the Learning Commons (Library) and spend time playing outside.

  • In addition to learning through play, educators also lead whole group lessons during carpet time, and provide explicit individual and small group instruction as children are engaged in learning centres.

Before and After School Care: Our school has an Extended Day Program (EDP) that runs from 7:00 a.m. until the start of school, and from the end of school until 6:00 p.m. For registration information, please visit https://www.ocsb.ca/extended-day-programs/ .

Visit the OCSB Kindergarten Website at ocsb.ca/kindergarten.