Our Enhanced Kindergarten Experience

All Northern Lights elementary schools offer a full-day Kindergarten program five days a week!

Our schools provide our Kindergarten students with an Enhanced Kindergarten Experience to help prepare them for Grade 1 and a lifetime of learning.

The Government of Alberta provides school boards with funding for students to attend a half-day Kindergarten program. 

The curriculum provided by Alberta Education for Kindergarten focuses on seven different areas:

  • Early Literacy - Children learn to use language to express thoughts, feeling and experiences;
  • Early Numeracy - Children use their growing understanding of numbers to make sense of their world;
  • Environment and Community Awareness - Children use their five senses to explore the world around them;
  • Citizenship and Identity - Students start to learn how to be good citizens;
  • Personal and Social Responsibility - Children learn to work and play with others;
  • Physical Skills and Well-Being - Children learn to make good choices in their life;
  • Creative Expression - Children express feelings and ideas through music, drama and art.

More information on the Kindergarten curriculum can be found HERE.

The Northern Lights Enhanced Kindergarten Experience means students receive additional instruction in all areas of the Alberta curriculum. That means more time on literacy and numeracy, as well as more time learning through play. We know play is a critical component of early learning. In addition to helping children learn, it also helps children develop socially, emotionally and physically.

In Northern Lights, we also enhance learning in any areas that we identify as we deepen our knowledge of our students, their areas of strength and areas that require growth.

Not all students arrive on the first day of Kindergarten with the same knowledge, skills and abilities. One of the things that we do to determine how best to meet the needs of our students is to assess how each child is developing in an ongoing manner. This is done using a variety of methods including observations, discussions and formative and summative assessments. This allows us to tailor the learning environment to help students build on their strengths as well as learning new skills in areas that may not be as well developed.

One of the assessment tools NLPS uses is the Early Years Evaluation, also known as EYE. The evaluation is done through observing children in the learning environment.

When is my child eligible for Kindergarten?

The age of entry for Kindergarten has been changed and is now consistent throughout the province. The common age of entry to Kindergarten is now 5 years of age by December 31 of the school year.

So to start Kindergarten in September 2020, students will need to be 5 years of age by December 31, 2020.

Want to confirm when your child is eligible to start Kindergarten? Enter your child's date of birth in our Kindergarten eligibility calculator below:

Your child may begin kindergarten in September of

Important Dates

March 12 Registration opens for the 2020-2021 school year
March 26 Parent Information Night - Art Smith Aviation Academy
  Parent Information Night - Cold Lake Elementary School
March 27 Open House - Art Smith Aviation Academy
  Open House - Cold Lake Elementary School
  Open House - Ecole Plamondon School
  Open House - Kikino School
April 17 Early Learning Open House - Ardmore School
April 22 Open House - North Star Elementary School
April 30 Parent Information Night - Duclos School
  Open House - Vera M. Welsh Elementary School
May 1 Open House - Duclos School
  Open House - Vera M. Welsh Elementary School
May 8 Open House - Glendon School
August 20 Schools re-open - Registrations received over the summer break are processed
September 1&2 Kindergarten Meet the Teacher/Interview Days
September 3&4 Kindergarten Staggered Entry - Half of the students attend one day and the other attend the next
September 8 First full day of Kindergarten for all students


How do I register?

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open on March 12, 2020!

Parents of our existing Care to Learn Preschool students will receive an email informing them that a form has been assigned to them in School Engage. Please follow the instructions for Care To Learn Preschool Students below.

If your child is not currently enrolled in our preschool program, please follow the instructions for new Kindergarten students below.

2020-2021 Registration

2019-2020 Registration

To register for Kindergarten for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, please follow the instructions below:

If you are new to Northern Lights Public School (no other children currently enrolled in NLPS), please register using School Engage.

We recommend using a computer (desktop or laptop) to complete forms in School Engage. Forms can also be completed on a tablet, but are not mobile friendly and we do not recommend using a smartphone to complete forms.

Detailed instructions for registering through School Engage are included in our School Engage Parent Registration User Guide.

If you already have other children enrolled in a Northern Lights school, you can register your new kindergarten student by logging into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account and clicking on School Engage in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Detailed instructions are included in our Parent Registration Guide for Existing Parents.

We recommend using a computer (desktop or laptop) to complete forms in School Engage. Forms can also be completed on a tablet, but are not mobile friendly and we do not recommend using a smartphone to complete forms.

Once you have accessed School Engage, please select the 2019-2020 K-12 Registration Form, fill everything out, and submit the form. If you require assistance with filling out the form, please contact your school.

For tips on completing your registration form, please see the Tips for Completing Your Student Registration in School Engage page.

Your child’s proof of age and legal name (birth certificate or passport) and proof of your address are required to register your child in Kindergarten. If we do not receive documentation, we may not receive funding from Alberta Education for your child. The online registration form will allow you to upload that information (a photo or scan of the document is acceptable). If you experience difficulty in uploading the documentation, please bring it into your school and our administrative assistants will be happy to scan it and add it to your registration information.