N.B. Kindergarten Registration to Take Place This Month

Elementary schools across New Brunswick will be accepting kindergarten registrations during October, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé said today.

Each of the province’s 14 school districts is holding registration sessions this month for children who will start kindergarten in September 2006.

“A good start to school is important to a child’s future,” Dubé said. “The objective of early registration is to ease the transition into kindergarten from home or preschool and provide parents with an opportunity to participate in events that will help prepare their child for school.”

Information sessions for parents will follow the registration period. During the sessions, the district will inform parents about typical child development of four-year-olds and suggest ways they can encourage this development.

Parents will also receive a brochure describing what most four-year-olds can do and how these children think, feel and act. The brochure contains many suggestions for furthering children’s social, language, intellectual, emotional and motor development. The brochure can be found online at www.gnb.ca/0000/publications/comm/offtoschool.pdf.

“Kindergarten is an exciting and significant educational and developmental milestone,” Dubé said. “Ensuring young students are school-ready is an important objective of our Quality Learning Agenda.”

More information about kindergarten and about when registration sessions will take place is available by contacting the nearest elementary school or school district. A directory of school and district offices is available online at www.nbed.nb.ca/schooldirectory.