Kindergarten is a very important year in a young learner's life. "Early childhood is a significant period in human development. Independence, initiative, decision making, creativity, the ability to learn, the ability to relate to others and feelings of self-worth all have their beginnings in early childhood. What young children learn at this stage will have a major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development and future participation in society" (Alberta Education).
"We welcome all students!"
The Grande Prairie Public School Division is the only division in the Grande Prairie region to offer half-day every day (5 days a week) programming and full-day (2-3 days a week) programming. We welcome and accept all students. Kindergarten in French, English, as well as Christian Education and Montessori Education, are offered.
The Early Years
Lifelong learning begins the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system. Acknowledging and recognizing this, GPPSD and Alberta Education are committed to exploring options that provide children with access to early learning opportunities.
Missing just one or two days of preschool or kindergarten every few weeks can make it harder for children to develop reading skills, and to be prepared for kindergarten or first grade. Make it an adventure to be at school every day!
Getting ready for Kindergarten and making attendance matter every day. pdf
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question: How old does my child need to be to attend Kindergarten?
Answer: To attend Kindergarten in the Province of Alberta children must be at least 4 years 8 months of age and less than 6 years of age on September 1, 2023.
Question: Do we offer early entrance opportunities?
Answer: The kindergarten entrance age is set by the Province and children must have turned 5 by December 31, 2023. There is no longer flexibility for early entrance into Kindergarten.
Question: Will my Kindergarten child with a severe disability/delay receive supports?
Answer: All Kindergarten students attend for 475 hours in a given school year. Supports may be provided based on the child’s identified need. The teacher in collaboration with qualified professionals or educational assistants designs educational programming in the classroom.