When your child turns 4, you have a new option: kindergarten for 4-year-olds

Every child is unique and has individual needs. Opening up more spaces in kindergarten for 4-year-olds makes a broader range of educational services readily available to help all children reach their full potential.

The kindergarten for 4-year-olds program helps all children develop fully, providing them with challenges adapted to their needs and interests. The program focuses on play, allowing children to learn to express themselves, try new things, organize their thoughts and develop their understanding of the world around them.

Children in kindergarten for 4-year-olds develop a love of learning with the help of qualified teachers and educators, and the support of a team of professionals at the school.

To find out whether your child will be eligible for this service when school starts in 2019, contact your school board.

A variety of educational childcare services available to your child from infancy

From early infancy, your child has access to a variety of educational childcare services. Attending a good educational childcare centre fosters young children’s development. Recognized daycare service providers are required to meet certain obligations particularly with regard to children’s health, safety, well-being and development, and must provide all children with equal opportunities. The Ministère de la Famille carries out regular visits to ensure compliance with the rules and to evaluate the quality of the educational services provided.

The educational quality of such services refers to the quality of interactions between educator and child as well as with the parents, in addition to the quality of the activities and materials provided, and the organization of the premises. All recognized educational service providers must adopt an educational program that focuses primarily on play.

For more information about recognized childcare providers This hyperlink will open in a new window., please visit the Ministère de la Famille website.