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Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten, an important building block in the foundation of your child's education.

Learn about topics like busing, school cancellation policies, and more on the Current Students page.

Eligibility

Your child can attend Kindergarten if they turn five years old by December 31 in the same year that they would start Kindergarten. For instance, if your child’s fifth birthday is December 31, 2023, they can start kindergarten in September 2023.

All immunizations must be in order prior to starting school in September 2023.

Which school will my child go to?

Students are assigned to schools in their catchment area. To find the schools closest to your family’s home, use the school finder. In some instances, students can attend a school outside of their catchment by requesting an intra-district school placement.

How to register

There are two registration processes: one for Canadian Students and one for Newcomer Students. Please review the criteria within each process to find out which is the right process for your child.

Registration for Canadian Students

Your child is considered a Canadian Student if they meet the following criteria:

Canadian student criteria
  • Your child was born in Canada
  • The language spoken at home is English or French
  • or:
  • Your child is a Canadian citizen returning to New Brunswick from another country

If your child meets the above criteria, they can be registered by following the steps below.

Kindergarten Registration begins October 11, 2022. Although the steps are outlined below, it is not possible to access the EECD Parent Portal (step 1) until October 11.

Step 1: Pre-register through the EECD Parent Portal 

The Parent Portal allows EECD (Education and Early Childhood Development) to uniquely identify your child and provide targeted services throughout their time in the New Brunswick public school system. Follow the instructions on the EECD Parent Portal to create your account and apply for pre-registration. 

If you cannot register online, please reach out to your school to schedule an appointment to register onsite. Use the school finder to locate your child’s school. 

As part of the pre-registration process, you must also complete and submit the registration documents found below. Upload these documents during the pre-registration process.  

Required registration documents
  • EYE-DA Consent Form
    Download
    Last modified August 16, 2022
  • ASD-W Consent Form (EYE-DA)
    Download
    Last modified August 16, 2022
  • School Entry Permit
    Download
    Last modified October 15, 2021

Step 2: Wait to be contacted by your child’s school 

You will be contacted by your child’s school after you complete the pre-registration. If you do not hear from your child’s school by the last week of August, contact the district.

As you wait to hear from your child’s school, learn about topics like busing, school cancellation, and French Second Language on the Current Students page.

Step 3: Finish your child’s registration onsite 

Schools will arrange times during the kindergarten registration week in October for parents to come in and complete the registration process. Your child’s registration will be completed in-person at their new school.

Please bring copies or originals of the following documentation to your child’s appointment:

Required documentation
  • Your child's immunization documents
  • Your child's Medicare card
  • Your child's birth certificate

Registration for Newcomer Students

Your child is considered a Newcomer Student if they meet the following criteria:

Newcomer student criteria
  • Your child was born outside of Canada
  • or:
  • Your child is born in Canada but their home language is not English or French
  • or:
  • Your child is a Canadian citizen who is returning to New Brunswick from another Country

If your child meets the above criteria, they can be registered by following the steps below.

Step 1: Contact the Newcomer Support Centre

Newcomer student registrations are handled by the Newcomer Support Centre. To begin the registration process, contact the Newcomer Support Centre.