September may seem far away, but it's sign-up time now for kids who will enter school this fall.
Parents of students entering kindergarten this September are being asked to contact the elementary school in their area to register new students this month.
"It's really important for us to have all the numbers as soon as possible for setting up classes," said superintendent of schools Patrick Bocking.
Bocking said the early registration also allows the school district to work on budgets based on those preliminary numbers.
"That's probably the biggest reason [for early registration], but there are other reasons as well," Bocking said. "We have KinderSPARK and it helps us to support parents and, through them, their children, in being really well prepared for kindergarten. Having that contact list is also really helpful for us to communicate the kinds of services we offer in that regard."
KinderSPARK is a free 12-week program that sees preschoolers enter the classrooms they'll likely start kindergarten in to get used to the spaces and the new things that school brings.
Parents come with their kids once a week for an hour and a half to visit the school, do fun activities together and get familiar with spaces like the library, computer lab, gym and playground.
"Families have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about early childhood development and the kindergarten program and schools have the opportunity to meet the families prior to the first day of school in September," the KinderSPARK website states. "The program is offered free of charge to all families who live on the Sunshine Coast."
Parents are encouraged to register their four and five year olds for KinderSPARK by calling 604-885-6787. Space is limited.
Find out more about School District No. 46 and their early learning programs at www.sd46.bc.ca.
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