Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds

Kindergarten for 4-year-olds is being phased in gradually in schools across the province. It is not compulsory. Opening up more spaces in kindergarten for 4-year-olds makes a broader range of educational services available throughout Québec.

Every child is unique and has individual needs. The objective of kindergarten for 4-year-olds is to enable all young people to develop their full potential, which is why all children in the appropriate age bracket are eligible for the program on a full-time basis.

The Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds Program

The Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds program helps all children develop fully, providing them with challenges adapted to their needs and interests. In the program, which focuses on play, children learn in ways that enable them to express themselves, try new things, organize their thoughts and develop their understanding of the world around them.

The program is in line with Meeting Early Childhood Needs This hyperlink will open in a new window., the educational program for childcare services developed by the Ministère de la Famille, and with the Québec Education Program This hyperlink will open in a new window..

In kindergarten for 4-year-olds, children develop a love of learning alongside a teacher and another qualified education professional who is specialized in the development of preschool children. This professional, who could be, for example, a special education technician or a childcare educator, must be present for half of the class as a support for the teacher.

A team of professionals made up of a resource teacher, a speech therapist, a psychologist and a psychoeducator, among others, can also be present in the school to work with children who have special needs. This team also collaborates with the child’s teachers and family members, who are considered essential allies, and crucial to the child’s educational success.

Complementary Services Offer

Children who attend kindergarten for 4-year-olds can also attend their school’s daycare in the morning, during lunch hour and after school, provided, of course, that the service is available. The school establishes the terms and conditions of such services.

During the summer months, parents may also avail themselves of a range of services adapted to preschool children. Many towns and municipalities offer diverse, low-cost services. For additional information, go to your municipality’s website.


You can now register your child for the Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds program that starts in the fall of 2021.

To be eligible, your child must be at least 4 years old on September 30 of the school year in question.

Since this service is being phased in gradually, the school boards can apply registration criteria if the demand exceeds the number of openings available.

For additional information, contact your school board.

Last update: August 3, 2021


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