How to Prepare My Child for Kindergarten and Community Connections

Getting ready for school can be a very exciting time!  Here are some tips and suggestions that can help: Full Day Kindergarten-Preparing Your Child

Learning at Home

  • Love (this is most important…)
  • Talk
  • Listen
  • Encourage them to explore and ask questions
  • Read – reading books, signs, labels, cards, logos or children’s magazines
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes – enjoying fingerplays, poems and riddles
  • Take neighbourhood trips – visiting the grocery store, library, playgrounds
  • Play with other children – interacting in a variety of settings, games and activities
  • Draw pictures or write messages – making cards, stories, signs, little books
  • Build and Create – making puzzles, crafts, sand structures, building with blocks
  • Help with household chores – sorting cutlery, putting away toys.

Learning in Our Community

We have several centres in our region that provide opportunities for families to be a part of their children’s learning in the early years.


Learn, grow and connect together!

EarlyOn Child and Family Centres offer free, safe, and engaging high quality drop in spaces throughout Waterloo Region for children up to six years old and their parents and caring adults.

Click here to visit their website for locations and programs:  EarlyOn

Our Place offers various programs that support the early years including:

Bridging Two Worlds From Home to Kindergarten


Virtual Playdates With Our Place.

Click here for a list of programs:  Our Place


Click here for more information on the Getting Ready for School programs in your area:  Strong Start:  Get Ready for School


Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo each have their own public library systems and offer a variety of programs and resources that can support people of all ages to learn, grow and stay connected through community!

Every Kid a Card

Please join our:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge at Kitchener Public Library (KPL)!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Idea Exchange-Cambridge!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Waterloo Public Library (WPL)!

Healthy Growth and Development

It is important to think about the healthy growth and development of your child. Make sure you are visiting your family doctor for health check ups and please keep up with your child’s immunizations. Make sure your child sees their dentist regularly. Before starting school, we encourage you to:

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Click here for more information on the training guide.


Take your child for an eye exam.

Click here for more information about free eye exams through Eye See…Eye Learn

Take your child for a hearing check up.

Children learn speech and language through listening to others.  If you have any concerns, we encourage you to see your family doctor.


Complete the looksee checklist.

The Looksee Checklist by ndds is a developmental checklist that families can use to monitor their child’s development up to 6 years of age.  Click here to access their website:  looksee checklist

If you have any concerns, please visit your family doctor.


Complete the NutriSTEP questionnaire.

Families can use the NutriStep questionnaire to consider their child’s eating behaviours and physical activity levels.

Is your child a healthy eater?

Is your child getting enough physical activity?

Click here to visit this website:  NutriSTEP

The Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1982 states that the Region of Waterloo Public Health must have a record of your child’s immunization in order to attend school in Ontario and you can complete this report online at:  Region of Waterloo, Immunization Reporting .  If you choose not to list immunizations for your child, you must contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 x. 5003 for exemption information.

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For a list of programs, resources and supports in Waterloo Region, please click here to visit Family CompassWR.