North Vancouver School District
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Kindergarten Program

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Each year, we look forward to welcoming our littlest learners and their families to the North Vancouver School District.

As you help your child prepare to begin a new journey with us -- an adventure that includes learning, sharing and growing among a caring community of students, staff, families and community partners -- know that we are here to support you too … because kindergarten is a big step for everyone!

We encourage you to use the resources below, many of which we have curated especially for young families, to help you and your child successfully transition to kindergarten.

We look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Kindergarten Orientation Presentation Video


This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold our Kindergarten Information Evening at Centennial Theatre. Instead, we have created a virtual presentation for parents/guardians of children born in 2016 who enter kindergarten next September 2021.

Our presentation includes information on kindergarten curriculum, registration, and tips to help your child get ready for the exciting learning journey ahead. We also take a sneak peek into a kindergarten class and speak with one of our wonderful kindergarten teachers, Claire Spofforth.

After you have watched the presentation, should you have any questions, please reach out to Anne Lawson, District Principal, Early Learning at

Kindergarten Registration Process

Visit this page for detailed information regarding the process involved to register your child for the upcoming school year.

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Ministry of Education Resources

B.C.’s New Curriculum

Early Learning Information

Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten

Some of the resources you will find in the Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten section include:

Help prepare your child for kindergarten by working through this booklet. You can use the booklet to record things that your child is good at and things that are important to them. Use it as a keepsake to remember your child before they go to kindergarten or share it with your child’s teachers.

Extended engagement in play is one of the best ways to prepare your child for school. Learn more about the different kinds of play that are important.

Support your child’s engagement through these play-based learning activities.


Community Resources

Click on the links below to visit the websites of some of the organizations within our community who provide support for young children and their families.

BC Centre for Ability          

Canadian Parents for French (BC-YK)   

Hollyburn Family Services       

North Shore Multicultural Society   

North Shore Neighbourhood House  

North Shore Supported Child Development Program(NSSCDP)  

North Vancouver City Library  

North Vancouver District Public Library   

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Vancouver Coastal Health

Early Child Development Program of Research:
Early Development Instrument (EDI)

In February 2021, Kindergarten teachers at your child’s elementary school will be completing the Early Development Instrument (EDI) on each of their students. The EDI is a questionnaire that includes questions on children’s social and emotional development, health and well-being, language and cognitive development, and communication skills.
The EDI was developed by child development experts and researchers in Canada and with the help of Kindergarten teachers and school administrators, and it has been used in 12 of 13 Canadian provinces and territories. In British Columbia, the Ministries of Children and Family Development, Education, and Health have funded the collection and use of the EDI for over 19 years.
More information about the Early Development Instrument can be found in this Parent/Guardian newsletter.
All North Vancouver School District families with children in Kindergarten will receive an EDI Informed Passive Consent Letter by the end of first week of December 2020.

If you have questions or require more information about your child's participation in the Early Development Instrument, please contact Anne Lawson, District Principal, Early Learning, at


Please visit this page for answers to some of our frequently asked questions.


If you have questions or require more information about kindergarten at the North Vancouver School District, please contact Anne Lawson, District Principal, Early Learning at