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Is your child turning 4 in 2024?

Register for Kindergarten at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, where every child is welcome - regardless of faith, race, language, gender or background.

There is a school near you. The OCDSB is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario, with 114 elementary schools in neighbourhoods, and online, from Woodlawn to North Gower to Navan and all across Ottawa. 

Kindergarten at the OCDSB is a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment where children learn to explore the world, solve problems and make friends. We offer:

  • A full-day, two-year, fully bilingual program with 50% English instruction and 50% French instruction;
  • An emphasis on dynamic, play-based learning for a fun way to help children learn and discover; and
  • A caring team of educators with each class having a teacher and early childhood educators.
  • Extended Day Programs that provide your child with the opportunity to participate in activities that complement what happens during the regular school day. Learn more
It takes a Community...
Kindergarten at the OCDSB is supported by these wonderful community connections:

What next?

  1. Attend a Parent Information Session  
  2. Register  
  3. Prepare for Kindergarten

1. Parent Information Sessions

Your local school will be holding a parent information session. You will know more about our Kindergarten program, meet the principal and staff and get useful tips to help your child prepare for Kindergarten. To know about the time and date of the school near you, visit OCDSB’s Kindergarten Parent Information Nights webpage or the school website.


2. Register

Registration for Kindergarten is an easy three-step process. 

Find your School >> Complete the Registration forms >> Collect Documents. 

For detailed information, including the immunization requirements, visit


3. Prepare for Kindergarten

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting adventure for children and their families. But beginning something new can also cause big feelings. Your child might be excited, nervous, scared, curious, or even shy.

Some strategies that help prepare you and your child include…

  • Talk with your child about their feelings
  • Recognize your own feelings around this milestone and share them with friends and family
  • Attend the “Welcome to Kindergarten” opportunities at your child’s school
  • Visit the school and the playground 
  • If your child takes the bus, attend the OSTA orientation day

For more information, visit our website.

What do kids love about Kindergarten? We asked the experts. Watch this video to learn more about what a few students had to say about Kindergarten:

Let's Talk About Kinder Success

We are hosting a virtual session where you can hear practical tips and strategies to help enhance your child’s success in Kindergarten.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sign Up for the Session

Register Now

Registration is now open for Kindergarten 2024. It’s easy to register. Visit our Kindergarten Registration page to register online anytime.

Guide to Kindergarten
Helpful Links
Parent/Caregiver Questionnaire
Ontario Ministry of Education

Information for parents about full-day Kindergarten in multiple languages (external links)
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