Navigating Kindergarten: Your Top 5 Questions Answered

If your child will turn four by December 31, 2024, it’s time to register them for Kindergarten at the OCSB this coming fall. We understand that you might have some questions, and we are here to help you with the answers! Here are the top 5 parent questions we receive every year.

Do we have to be Catholic to register our child?

We welcome all students and their families to the Ottawa Catholic School Board. You don’t need to be Catholic to be part of our diverse OCSB community. Our approach to educating your child is inclusive, honouring the dignity of every child and respecting all beliefs, in keeping with our Catholic social teachings. Our educators encourage students to celebrate diversity and advocate for inclusion. At the OCSB, faith is at the heart of everything we do.

How much French is taught in Kindergarten, and does it matter if we don’t speak French at home?

The OCSB bilingual Kindergarten program offers equal French and English instruction. Your child will enjoy discovering new words and sounds in French as they read stories and sing songs with their educators and classmates. You don’t have to be French-speaking to support your child in our French programs. OCSB French Immersion students thrive in our programming and share the joy of the French language with their English-speaking parents.

Is before-and-after-school child care available? How do I register?

All except three of our schools have before and after-school programs. These Extended Day Programs (EDP) are operated by the school board or through a licensed childcare centre on school property. You can find details on our website’s Child Care page or the Welcome to Kindergarten page on your child’s school website.

Do I have to sign up for the school bus? How do we know if we qualify for transportation?

When you register your child for school, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA.) receives all the information necessary to provide yellow school bus transportation. There is no need to sign up separately for the school bus service. Eligibility for transportation service depends on your child’s grade and the distance between their home (or care provider) and the school. You can find further details about eligibility on OSTA’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage. OSTA’s webpage. To check if your child qualifies for transportation, you can use OSTA’s Bus Planner tool.

September is a long way away. Why do I need to register now?

To ensure everything is ready for the upcoming academic year, OCSB staff needs to start planning early. By registering your child now, we can begin hiring educators and administrative staff, allocating classroom space, and updating OSTA with information about new registrants so that they can plan their bus routes accordingly. 

Enrolling your child in an Extended Day Program (EDP) for before-and-after-school care is a two-step process. First, you need to register your child with the school. Then, if an extended daycare program is available at your child’s school, you can register your child for the program.

We have also found that registering sooner rather than later helps families transition as they prepare for school. Parents and little ones can talk about what school might look like in the fall and use the time leading up to September to frame this experience with positivity and excitement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Want to know more? We’ve also compiled a Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions document answering the most common questions about Kindergarten.

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