Prekindergarten is a developmentally appropriate early childhood education program for three- and four-year-old children who may benefit from additional supports such as speech, language, and social development programming.
The program focuses on the development of the whole child — physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual. In prekindergarten children experience active, experiential learning through play and a comprehensive, integrated program within a prepared environment. Students, family, and teachers work together to foster the child's development.
Prekindergarten helps children to:
- develop language and communication skills,
- develop problem-solving skills,
- learn to co-operate with others,
- make new friendships,
- prepare for the school environment.
When registering for the new school year, families are welcome to submit a prekindergarten application in the spring. Applications are also accepted throughout the year. Space is limited to 16 students and spaces are filled as they become available. All applications are reviewed by the school team. Priority is given to students who reside in the school catchment area (neighbourhood), are of the appropriate age, and will most benefit from enhanced programming. Programs prioritize these criteria and place four-year-old children first.
Schools offering prekindergarten are: Buena Vista, Caroline Robins, Caswell, Charles Red Hawk, Fairhaven, Forest Grove, Howard Coad, King George, Lakeview, Lawson Heights, Lester B. Pearson, Mayfair, Pleasant Hill, Princess Alexandra, Sutherland, Vincent Massey, wâhkôhtowin, Westmount, and W.P. Bate.
A full-day (Monday to Thursday) prekindergarten class supported by the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation's Early Learning Equal Start program is offered at Caroline Robins, Caswell, Fairhaven, Howard Coad, King George, Lester B. Pearson, Mayfair, Pleasant Hill, Sutherland, Vincent Massey, wâhkôhtowin, and W.P. Bate schools. Students who reside within the school catchment area will receive first consideration. More information is available in the prekindergarten brochure.
A full-day (Monday to Thursday) prekindergarten class supported by Métis Nation–Saskatchewan is offered at Westmount Community School.
Buena Vista and Lawson Heights schools offer prekindergarten classes with a focus on nature-based learning.
Families wishing to apply for a prekindergarten program should contact the individual school. A full list of schools including contact information is available on the School Listing
Early Learning Intensive Support Program
Saskatoon Public Schools is a part of the Early Learning Intensive Support Program for young children who require intensive supports to meet their potential. To apply fill out the application form and follow the included instructions for submission.
For more information about prekindergarten programs, visit the Ministry of Education website.