Early Learning & Kindergarten Programs
Kindergarten is one of the most exciting times in a child’s life and programs are available to all children. Ensuring each child makes a successful transition from home to school is a goal for parents and teachers. The purpose of Kindergarten is to provide learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate in order to meet the diverse needs of children and to promote a positive attitude towards lifelong learning.
Kindergarten is offered in each of our 6 elementary schools. Most schools offer either a morning or afternoon program Monday through Thursday. Additionally, Cardston Elementary School offers full-day Kindergarten for rural students only. Children must turn 5 years of age on or before December 31st of the year of entry into school.
2020: Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2020. As a result of changes to the Education Act, a standardized age of entry to kindergarten will come into effect on September 1, 2020.
Note: If your child is born between Jan. 1 and Mar. 1 2016 they will be eligible to start kindergarten in 2021.
You may register your child by visiting your local elementary school. A registration form must be filled out online for each student, even if siblings are attending the same school. You may be required to provide your child’s birth certificate (or proof of citizenship), immunization records, and proof of address.
Please contact the individual schools for additional information.
Early Learning Program Registration
During a child’s first five years, they develop the physical, emotional and social abilities that will set the stage for the rest of their lives. The quality of a child’s earliest environment and exposure to positive experiences at the right stages of development has a strong influence on the course of their life path. Ensuring the right conditions in the early years is more effective and far less costly than correcting problems later.
Westwind School Division provides Early Learning Programs based on current research in early learning and brain development.
Early Learning Programs in Westwind refers to programs that meet the developmental and identified needs of children ages 3 to 6 years. Our programs offer integrated supports that may include speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, behavioural consultants, psychologists, vision consultants and hearing consultants, depending on the child's identified delays. An Individual Program Plan (IPP) will be developed by a team that includes parents, classroom staff and support professionals.
Westwind School Division has adopted a broad definition of quality and developmentally appropriate programming for early learners that aligns current research with best practice in early childhood education. Westwind Early Learning Programs:
- Emphasize play-based learning that is developmentally appropriate and relevant to the child.
- Meets the needs of ALL children within the program
- Respects diversity in all aspects of the child’s environment
- Encourages family involvement
- Has access to professionals who can provide appropriate supports for children with delays and/or disabilities.
- Partners with other community agencies to provide resources for children and their families.
Our 3-year-old program is available only to children with assessed developmental needs. Documentation will be required at the time of registration. Parents may register students for this Early Learning Program if they are three years of age before December 31st in the year of entry and must provide a birth certificate. Children are required to be fully toilet trained with some exceptions made for children with identified delays or medical needs.
Parents may register students for this Early Learning Program if they are four years of age before December 31st in the year of entry and must provide a birth certificate. Children are required to be fully toilet trained with some exceptions made for children with identified delays or medical needs.
Westwind offers Early Learning programs in six locations: Cardston Elementary School, Mountain View School, Spring Glen Elementary School, Magrath Elementary School, Raymond Elementary School and Stirling School.
For information regarding a specific program please contact the school closest to your home address that offers Early Learning Programming.
Questions regarding children experiencing developmental delays prior to grade one entry should be directed to:
Sandi Letioa, Early Learning Supervisor, (403) 653-5634 (Cardston, Mountain View, Hillsping, Glenwood, Magrath)
Sue Heggie, Early Learning Coordinator, (403) 752-3004 (Raymond & Stirling)