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Walter Zadow Public School will again be offering the Early Learning Kindergarten Program (ELKP) in September 2014.

The Early Learning Kindergarten Program (ELKP) is a full-day, every day Kindergarten for four and five year olds. Class sizes are limited to approximately 26 students with an educator team of a Kindergarten Teacher and an Early Childhood Educator.

In October, 2009, the provincial government announced details for the first three years of a province-wide Early Learning Program (ELP) implementation for four and five year olds. Full implementation of the Early Learning Program will take five years.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Establish a strong foundation for the early years by providing young children with an integrated day of learning;
  • Provide a play-based learning environment;
  • Help children make a smoother transition to Grade 1;
  • Improve children's prospects for success in school and in their lives beyond school.

The play-based learning program provides children with developmental opportunities in six areas of learning:

  1. Personal and social development;
  2. Language;
  3. Mathematics;
  4. Science and technology;
  5. Health and physical activity; and
  6. The arts.

For additional information regarding ELKP, you can visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website.