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Kindergarten Registration Month: February 1 to 26, 2021

If your child starts Kindergarten next year, register them now!

At your local school. Your local Centre Director, Vice-Principal or secretary will announce when the school will be open for Kindergarten registration. Keep an eye on your school’s Facebook page and listen to your local FM radio.

The child’s birth certificate. You can also register your child now and bring this document later.

All children 5 years of age now or by September 30, 2021.

Starting kindergarten early:

When should parents request a derogation for their child?

A child will normally start kindergarten when he or she is 5 years old on or before September 30.

Some parents may want their child to start kindergarten even if the child has not attained age 5 by September 30. They may feel that their child is very bright, mature and ready for school.

The Quebec government allows children who are very advanced in their development and have the required skills to be admitted a year early at the kindergarten level. This exceptional measure is allowed when it is demonstrated that it is detrimental for the child NOT to attend school. For example, if the child is exceptionally gifted, not going to school early could be harmful to its development.

To determine if a child is very bright and mature, the child must pass a derogation test.

To be allowed to start Kindergarten a year early, the child must be a lot more advanced than children of his or her age in each of the following 4 developmental areas:

  1. Language and speech: the way a child speaks, what he or she can understand, etc.
  2. Non-verbal reasoning: the child’s ability to think, solve problems, etc.
  3. Motor skills: the way the child handles a pencil and scissors, moves, etc.
  4. Socio-emotional development: the child’s ability to do things independently, maturity level, attention, behaviour, ability to play well with others etc.

These 4 areas of development encompass the essential skills a child needs to feel confident and succeed at school.

If a child is not ready for school when starting kindergarten, this can lead to serious learning, behaviour and self-esteem issues.

Here is the procedure to follow:

  1. Submit a request in writing to your school principal before April 15.
  2. Your request must explain your child’s strengths and how not being able to attend kindergarten would be damaging to your child.
  3. Make sure your child is available to complete an in-person test. Generally, the test is administered between April 15 and May 15. The exact date will be communicated to you by the school principal.
  4. After your child completes the test, the results will be sent to the Complementary and Compassionate Services office in Kuujjuaq. Once a decision has been made, you will be informed of the decision.

If you believe that your child is very bright and mature compared to children of his or her own age, you can request a derogation for your child.

Kindergarten Registration Month: February 1 to 26, 2021

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It is very important for parents to understand that when a child is not accepted to start Kindergarten early, it is not a failure.