Work continues to progress on the infrastructure, resources and professional learning required to support the implementation of full-day Kindergarten in Newfoundland and Labrador in September 2016. An update was provided Jan. 15 at one of the four demonstration classrooms being used for professional learning across the province.
“I want to assure parents the implementation of full-day Kindergarten is a priority for this government and we will be ready for September 2016. Full-day Kindergarten is an essential part of a child’s early learning and development. Research supports the many benefits of this programming including stronger academic outcomes, reading skills and better social and emotional development. This is a long-term investment in students and Newfoundland and Labrador.”
– The Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
Infrastructure upgrades, professional learning plans and the purchasing of additional classroom and teacher resources are well underway. Highlights include:
- Full-day Kindergarten will be offered in 190 schools across the province;
- Over 140 new teachers will be added to the system to facilitate implementation;
- Sixteen schools required additional space: four schools needed an extension and 12 schools required modular classrooms;
- Approximately 100 renovations are required to meet infrastructure needs;
- Eight schools are expected to utilize team teaching as a temporary measure, with an additional eight schools that may require it depending on final enrollment in September; and
- The full-day Kindergarten program will be play-based, using the existing Completely Kindergarten curriculum that was developed with full-day Kindergarten in mind.