Full-day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (FDELKP)

A full-day Kindergarten program delivered by certified teachers provides Ontario's children with an equal opportunity for learning and is a step towards eliminating poverty. 

The Liberal government, in its March 2012 budget, remains fully committed to the implementation of the Full-day Early Learning Kindergarten Program. OECTA appreciates the continued focus on improving our education system through a movement towards fully implementing full-day early learning in kindergarten.

Qualified teachers provide an enriched learning environment while gauging a child’s interests, abilities and potential. They can access school resources, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and other specialized teachers for the province's earliest learners. They are trained to individualize programs, teaching methods, assessments and planning. Play is structured to ensure that learning is optimized. Teachers understand the whole child and can best help integrate them into their future world of learning.  

Teachers welcome Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) as a part of the full-time integrated team that works together to meet the needs of every student. ECEs help teachers deliver a quality, age-appropriate program.

FDELKP Teacher Resources

OECTA Submission to Curriculum Review of the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program (January 2012)
In order to respond to the Ministry’s invitation for feedback about the government's draft curriculum, OECTA designed a survey and invited FDELKP teachers to respond. A copy of the survey can be found in Appendix A. This submission represents OECTA members’ feedback, primarily from the survey but also from events of the past two years.

Draft Curriculum
Ontario’s draft curriculum document Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten Program is available at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/kindergarten.html This draft document was used throughout the 2010-2011 and the 2011-2012 school year.


OECTA ELKP teachers can participate in OECTA's ELKP online network to continue the conversation started at the ELKP Conferences.  Various discussion forums, resources and support are available.

If you're an OECTA member who is teaching the Early Learning Kindergarten Program, email PD's ELKP Network coordinator, Claire Laughlin and request to join the ELKP Forum.

ELKP Conferences Resources

Keynote by Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Playful Learning

OECTA captured presentations from keynote speakers Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Early Learning Division of the Ministry of Education, and Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, a play-based learning researcher and educator. These video clips are for OECTA members teaching the Full-day Early Learning Kindergarten Program >>

The PowerPoint presentations from workshop sessions:

Curriculum resources

Getting Everyone Started: An Introductory Unit
This unit is offered to assist everyone in Getting Started in teaching the Early Learning Kindergarten Program: learning about each other, the school community and the play based learning program.

Login to the Members' Centre for the Unit with sample assessment tools, parent newsletter >>

Kindergarten Matters
OECTA Professional Development held a Toronto symposium entitled Kindergarten Matters that brought together some of the most noted experts in the field: Dr. Linda Cameron, Dr. Juanita Copely, Jane Katch and Dr. Stuart Shanker. Their video presentations are available along with a video guide.
Login to the Members' Centre and download the facilitator's guide and the video series >>

Professional Development

OECTA's Additional Qualification Courses
Kindergarten AQ course - Parts I, II, and Specialist - fall/winter, spring and summer sessions

OECTA's Kindergarten PD Network Workshops
- Early Learning Kindergarten Program
- Balanced Literacy in Kindergarten - How To Get Started
- Celebrating the Kindergarten Way
- Kindergarten for Occasional Teachers
- Full-Day Kindergarten for Occasional Teachers

Get workshop details and request a workshop >>