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Kindergarten Registration Now Open at HWDSB

Online registration is now open for students starting kindergarten in September 2021 at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB).

Kindergarten is a two-year, full-day program that helps children get the best possible start in school. Children are challenged and encouraged to do their very best by a caring team of educators, including a teacher and an early childhood educator.

“Kindergarten represents a milestone and a time of change for every family,” said Manny Figueiredo, Director of Education. “We want this new beginning to be a wonderful experience for children, families and educators alike, even in challenging times.”

Your child is eligible for the two-year kindergarten program in the calendar year that they turn four or five. Your child must attend school if they are age six by September 1. If your child did not register last year, but is still in this age group, they are welcome to enter year two of the Kindergarten program.

During the pandemic, online registration is more relevant than ever. Please see instructions below or at www.hwdsb.on.ca/kindergarten.

In a typical year, HWDSB schools welcome families and incoming kindergarten students to kindergarten orientation events in mid-May; due to the pandemic, this may not be possible. Families can still learn more about kindergarten using and multimedia resources on our Kindergarten Orientation web page.

For questions or concerns, please contact your catchment school using the contact form on the school’s website. Or, you can contact HWDSB at (905) 527-5092 or info@hwdsb.on.ca. Families can also access online resources including the updated Countdown to Kindergarten handbook online.

How to register: 

Note, only parents or legal guardians can register their children for school.

Find your neighbourhood school in our School Locator tool or call 905-527-5092.

Online registration and the digital submission of documents will be our only methods of registering new students until schools are able to reopen. Please find the online and PDF forms at www.hwdsb.on.ca/kindergarten. For PDF forms, please contact your child’s school to arrange electronic submission. (See elementary school email list.)

If you have questions, please contact your local HWDSB school.

Elementary schools will contact families to begin the process of verifying documentation. Original documents will be verified when schools reopen.

Required documents include:

  • Proof of age (child’s birth certificate or passport).
  • Proof of address (identification that shows parent/guardian’s current home address).
  • Proof of immunization.
  • Verification of date of arrival/immigration documents (if the child was not born in Canada).
Updated on Monday, February 01, 2021.
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