Support the Transition to Kindergarten

Children may start kindergarten in September of the year they turn five years old. If your child is entering kindergarten, there are many ways that you can support the transition to Kindergarten.

Enrol in an Early Learning Program

There are a number of programs designed to support your child’s early learning.

  • StrongStart BC centres are a drop-in program intended for both children (0-5) and caregivers to engage in play-based learning activities.
  • Learn more about StrongStart BC

BC is committed to investing in the accessibility, affordability, and quality of child care throughout the province.

Ready, Set, Learn events provide a chance for caregivers and children (3-5) to engage with their local school. These one-time events typically happen in the spring.

Support Your Child’s Transition at Home

Help prepare your child for kindergarten by working through this booklet. You can use the booklet to record things that your child is good at and things that are important to them. Use it as a keepsake to remember your child before they go to kindergarten or share it with your child’s teachers.

When I Go To Kindergarten: 

Extended engagement in play is one of the best ways to prepare your child for school. Learn more about the different kinds of play that are important.

Support your child’s engagement through these play-based learning activities.

Find out more about the Early Learning Framework:​

Register for Kindergarten

Help this transition go smoothly by registering your child, beginning in January or February, for the following September. Before their first day, try to visit and tour your child’s school, playground or classroom.