Kindergarten is a time for your child to experience social interaction, develop communication skills, and learn through discovery and exploration. It is the first step in formal education and provides the foundation for future learning. Kindergarten is our speciality – and after operating for over 40 years, we have developed a reputation for excellence!
If you are researching kindergarten options, here is a checklist of things you may want to consider when choosing a program:
- teacher to student ratio;
- approach to social skill development;
- appreciation of differing learning styles and learning at individual pace;
- enriched experiences outside of the classroom;
- critical thinking skills vs rote learning;
- outdoor playtime and physical education;
- opportunities to experience diversity;
- Teaching experience, philosophy and availability.
The Dalhousie Community Kindergarten is an independently operated program. We are funded through Alberta Education and follow the same curriculum as all other kindergarten programs in Alberta. Our class size is limited to 18 students, and we emphasize early literacy and language learning, with an introduction to letters, letter sounds, sight words, as well as hands on science, numbers and math concepts. We also foster an classroom that helps children gain added confidence in their communication and social skills, decision making and self awareness. Our focus on an enhanced learning environment means your child will benefit from a variety of unique and exciting activities and learning experiences. Our classroom is an integrated classroom, and we foster a strong sense of community between our families and our students. Our students can also attend the fantastic Out of School Care program provided in our building by the Dalhousie Community Association.
If you are a parent that is not sure if your child is ready for kindergarten, our Junior program may be the right choice. It follows a curriculum that is adapted for those children who are not yet ready for ECS because of their age or development. Children must be at least 4 years of age by September for this 5 day/wk, tuition based program.
We will be holding an Open House on January 11 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. (Vaccination QR codes and masks required) Kindergarten registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year for alumni families and those currently registered with the Dalhousie Community Preschool opens by email on January 18th at 9:00 am on a first come, first served basis. Open registration for all other families will be accepted also by email starting at 9:00am on January 25th. Registration for our Junior Kindergarten program will begin on February 1 if spots are available. Check out our registration page for more information!