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Kindergarten registration time at all public schools

Itís Kindergarten registration time at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR).

All KPR elementary schools continue to take registrations for children to begin Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten starting in September 2014.

All elementary schools in KPR will be offering the program on a full-day, every-day basis this fall.

Junior Kindergarten child must be four years of age by December 31, 2014 and Kindergarten child must be five years of age by December 31, 2014 to attend school in September.

Parents and guardians can print student registration forms ahead of time from www.kprschools.ca, then bring the completed forms with them when they register their child at the school.

When registering their children, parents should bring a birth certificate or other proof of the childís age, proof of address, and current immunization information. As school office times vary, parents should contact their local school for details.

Parents who are unsure of which school their child will attend can visit http://www.kprschools.ca/Schools/FindaSchool.html and enter their home address to find their designated school.

Once children are registered, schools will provide parents with a wealth of information on helping to prepare their children for school. This includes publications from the school board and community organizations serving children, as well as information nights in the winter and spring.

As a general rule, children should know their first and last name, the names of family members, their age, where they live and their phone number, by the time they enter school.

Additionally, most children should be able to do a number of things independently, including getting dressed, tying shoelaces or doing up Velcro straps, using the bathroom, and eating snacks or a meal on their own.

Children learn best through play. Interaction with other children and adults boosts their confidence and improves their communication skills. Parents and guardians can help their preschoolers by giving them the opportunity to participate in group activities such as play groups, nursery school, library reading programs, and gatherings of extended family members or friends.

Parents should encourage children to share and co-operate, speak about their feelings and actions, and participate in new experiences. As well, parents should help their children become good listeners and allow them to solve problems.

If parents are worried about their childís readiness for Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten, they should contact their childís school principal as early as possible. Schools are a good source of information and community contacts, and they may be able to help parents get support for their childrenís special needs.

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