Kindergarten Survival Guide


Do you have a little one starting Kindergarten this year? This page provides you with some information that we hope will help ease the transition for both you and your child.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for you and your little one, but it can also create anxiety for both the young learner and the parent or guardian. Depending on what exposure to pre-Kindergarten or early learning programming your child has had in the years leading up to Kindergarten, the change in routine and the increase in socialization can be unsettling for a young child.

Our shared goal is to make your child’s transition to Kindergarten as smooth as possible, which is why we support a gradual entry approach. This approach allows children and teachers to work in smaller groups as they introduce children to classroom routine and procedures. This approach helps ease the transition to Kindergarten, and makes it a more personal experience. In the end, the process allows your child to feel comfortable and valued as a new member of the school community.

Gradual entry in the Cowichan Valley looks slightly different at each elementary school, but what they all have in common is a focus on making sure your child has focused time to connect with the Kindergarten teacher and the new environment, while also allowing parents and guardians to share important information about their child with the teacher.

We know that young children don’t develop at the same rate, and some kids need more support than others. Gradual entry is a great opportunity for teachers to get to know the children, identify whether they might need some extra help, and make sure that they have the right resources or supports when they need it.


Resources to help with the transition

There are lots of great resources online to help prepare your child (and yourself) for their Kindergarten adventure. We’ve listed a few below to get you started.

Welcome to Kindergarten (SD 79)

Helping your Kindergartener with Separation Anxiety (video)

Kindergarten Information for Parents (Ministry of Education)

Tips to prepare kids heading to kindergarten

When Anxiety is a Problem

Coping with Back to School Anxiety

Haven’t registered your child for Kindergarten yet?

SD 79 offers full-day Kindergarten. Please register by contacting your catchment school. If you don’t know which school you should be registering at, use the school locator tool.

Children entering Kindergarten in September must be five-years-old by Dec. 31, 2017. In order to register, we require the child’s birth certificate or passport, as well as the parent’s identification and proof of residency (a BC Card Card is not an acceptable form of ID). The registration package is available at the school, or you can download it from our website.