Thursday, February 21, 2013

School boards urged to find low-cost options for full-day kindergarten

Kindergarten teachers think this is a creative craft.
They all look the same.
ECE teachers have a different point of view
THIS is 5-year-old art: freestyle, fun
This is exactly why Ontario cannot afford full-day kindergarten. We know that quality day care, with fully qualified Early Childhood Education teachers, trumps full-day kindergarten.

It is less expensive, the teacher/student ratio of 1:8 is far better for young kids.
We cannot be putting vulnerable 3-year-olds in institutions with bells ringing every 40 minutes, and PA announcements, and fire drills, lockdowns, all all the other environmental intrusions that make a long day in a school difficult for a young child.

This is 2-year-old art- just for fun.
They don't teach this at the faculties.
Far better the day care placement, with good teachers who have training in dealing with preschoolers, in a comfortable, homey environment. Many are housed in private homes, small buildings, churches, or buildings designed for the young child in day care.

Classroom teachers, in this litigious society, are carefully warned not to hug kids, not to touch, for fears of accusations of sexual abuse. Is this the environment for little children?

We know that the benefits for the youngsters in already rich environments are far less than for those living in poverty, or at-risk. We know that these kids do well in a homey, comfortable day care with rich programs designed not to force them to read and write early, but to help them with pre-reading skills and pre-numeracy foundations necessary for them to succeed in schools.

School boards urged to find low-cost options for full-day kindergarten

Ontario school boards are struggling to find low-cost options to school additions to accommodate full-day kindergarten, including tinkering with boundaries and busing kids.

While the province has pledged $1.4 billion to renovate and put additions on schools for the full-day program, it’s not nearly enough to cover the needs of every school requiring extra space, so many boards are looking at changing boundaries or busing kids elsewhere.
Some have even considered off-site space to house the program for the province’s 4- and 5-year-olds, which was rolled out in September 2010 and is expected to be fully in place by 2014.
The problem began when the province mandated a 20-student class cap from kindergarten to Grade 3, which took up all the space in his schools, he said. All five schools under review “have little room to expand, and given the funding issues we are facing with the ministry . . . (it) is being very tight with capital funding for full-day kindergarten in year five.”

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