Early Learning

Highview PS' Kindergarten class
Highview Public School Kindergarten students show off some of their work during a busy school day.

All Renfrew County District School Board elementary schools provide full day, every day early learning in the Kindergarten program.

Kindergarten education teams, comprised 
of a teacher and an early childhood educator, create  opportunities to support optimal learning in the Kindergarten program.

The learning environment allows the 
child to:

  • Develop the ability to make and 
    be responsible for their own decisions
  • Solve problems, explore and inquire
  • Develop self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Explore personal abilities and talents
  • Develop language skills, speaking, listening, early reading, early writing
  • Develop a love for learning
  • Develop physical skills, motor co-ordination and a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop skills in mathematics, science and technology

You are your child's first and most important teacher. Your child's best learning happens when he or she is spending time with you doing activities that are fun and interesting. This is play based learning. Studies show that during playtime, children are most receptive to new information and skills. Through play you can stimulate your child to learn, problem-solve, communicate, negotiate, roleplay and make decisions - skills that help your child become a successful learner.

Every RCDSB school in Renfrew County provides a wide range of services and opportunities for all students to grow and learn in a supportive environment where individual differences are recognized and the full potential of all is promoted. If your child has special needs, please share this information with the principal when you register so that services and support can be put in place to make the transition to school as smooth as possible. 

Bilingual Kindergarten Program

As part of a five year plan to grow our French Immersion programming across the District, your attendance boundary school may offer a rich and dynamic bilingual play-based learning environment for your child. Click here to find out more about our French-as-a-Second Language program! 

Online Registration

To register your child for JK/SK for September 2020 use our online system anytime by visiting  

If you are interested in a licensed child care program, please be sure to complete the School Based Extended Day Program Family Survey at the end of the online registration!

In Person

Visit the school for a registration package between 9:30 a.m and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 31, 2020.  If you are interested in a licensed child care Extended Day program, complete the School Based Extended Day Program Family Survey online at:

Both registration methods require you to bring the following documents to your school. If you have questions about the registration process, contact the elementary school nearest you.

Required Documentation (bring to the school):

  • Completed, signed and dated registration form (access the form online, complete it and bring it to school)
  • Proof of address (phone bill, utility bill) or proof of  tenancy/ownership (Ontario Property Assessment Notice or lease agreement)
  • Proof of student’s age (birth certificate, registration of birth card or passport)
  • Student's immunizations records. Immunization Questionnaire (this form must be printed and filled out in ink)
  • Proof of custody where applicable (custody orders, court ordered Guardianship)
  • Immigration documents where applicable

Voluntary Early Years Experiences Data Collection 

Included in the registration process is an additional voluntary survey through which the Ministry collects information from families about the experiences of children in child care and early years programs in Ontario. This information helps the government understand how families access programs and services in their communities and better defines how the early years experiences influence children's outcomes.

Extended Day Program for Children between Ages of 3 - 12

In an effort to better understand parent interest and determine the viability of establishing Before and After care at sites across the District, we are asking you to declare whether you would enroll your child in a School Based Extended Day Program for students from Junior Kindergarten up to age 12.

School Based Extended Day Programs operate within the school by an Early Childhood Educator with options for before and after school care and are meant to complement regular school day programming. They are contingent on enrolment and are funded from parent fees. 

Subsidies may be available from the County of Renfrew

The School Based Extended Day Program Family Survey form can be completed from the Online Registration portal if you are new to RCDSB and completing the online registration form or from the Google Survey link at the Board’s website select the Extended Day Program page from the Programs drop down menu.

Kindergarten Admission Age

  • Junior Kindergarten, children must be four years of age on or before Dec. 31 of the current school year.
  • Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31 of the current school year.
  • Junior Kindergarten students who attended in the current school year do not need to re-register for Senior Kindergarten.

Registration Process

Visit our Registration and Transfers page for detailed information on how to register a student new to the RCDSB.

If you have further questions about the registration process, contact the elementary school nearest you.

Additional Resources

Countdown to Kindergarten handbook

Ontario Ministry of Education Website

Ministry of Children and Youth Services Website - Best Start

Oral Language Development in the Kindergarten Years


Steve Blok
Superintendent of Education (Program Services) 
Arnprior and Renfrew Family of Schools
P: 613-735-0151
F: 613-735-6315
Twitter: @SteveBlok