Growing together until school begins
Drop in to a literacy centre to play and learn (birth to 6 years)Visit one of our five Parenting and Family Literacy Centres to help prepare your child for school. The play-based drop-in environment lets children and their parents focus on literacy, numeracy, and school readiness. It’s also a great way to meet other members of your community, learn about community resources, and get acquainted with the school facility. The programs are free and a light snack is provided.
Visit a preschool resource program (birth to 6 years)Visit one of two preschool resource programs in the city (Orleans and Kanata locations) to take advantage of a caring relaxed atmosphere for parents and children. These programs offer a toy and resource library with a large selection of toys, books and videos available for loan and daytime training and evening workshops. Their experienced, professional staff are also available to offer support to parents with concerns about their child's development.
Join a toddler, preschool, or school-age program in your schoolThere are a wide variety of child care options in our OCSB school facilities. These programs offer a warm, caring and secure environment where children can learn through play in your very own community school. Register early with the City of Ottawa’s Centralized Waiting List if you are considering using any of the following child care options. You can register as soon as your child is born.
Prepare to register for kindergartenGet your documents ready (such as your child’s birth certificate) for Kindergarten Registration Week, held each year in January for children who will be 4 before December 31st.
Don’t forget the important step of updating your child’s immunization records online. Did you know Ottawa Public Health requires that you enter the information from your little yellow book on their website? They check the online records each year, and school suspensions can be issued if your records are not kept up-to-date online. Update your records now.
Take advantage of our School Support Readiness program to help build the bridge between being a toddler and starting school. With open communication between parents, preschools and schools, we can help make the transition easier. We are currently offering home visits and school entry support at a select number of OCSB schools. Help build the bridge to school.
Check to see if your address, or your caregiver’s address, is eligible for yellow school bus transportation. Plan to attend School Bus Safety Awareness Day for First-Time Riders in August, where you can take your child for a test ride on a school bus and learn how to behave safely around a bus. Visit OSTA's website.