Junior Kindergarten


LCDS Preschool & Kindergarten offers a Junior Kindergarten program for those children who are academically ready to attend Kindergarten but will not be old enough to attend Kindergarten in the coming school year due to their birth date occurring after the Alberta Education cut off date for entering Kindergarten by March 1st.   

Children who are 4 years old and will turn 5 between March 1st and June 1st of the coming school year are eligible to participate in the Junior Kindergarten program at LCDS.  Children enrolled in the Junior Kindergarten Program will attend 4 or 5 half days / week with the Kindergarten children. 

**Junior Kindergarten is not funded by the Alberta Government, regular monthly fees for 4 or 5 half days / week will apply.


Junior Kindergarten children begin class 20 minutes earlier than the preschool children to work on specific Junior Kindergarten curriculum goals; more class time is provided for extra work (if needed) throughout the half day schedule. The children will be introduced to the Kindergarten curriculum goals and will begin to develop their educational skills at there own pace. With early exposure to the Kindergarten curriculum, these children will be able to master the curriculum concepts in their Kindergarten year. The daily classroom routine is designed to introduce all of the children to the Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines

Junior Kindergarten children will be introduced to the concepts provided in the Kindergarten curriculum set out by Alberta Education.  The Kindergarten curriculum overlaps the goals and guidelines laid out for the Preschool children; the expectation is the Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten children have already had exposure to these goals or will have by the end of the school year.  Our goal for all children in our program is to be Kindergarten ready.


maximum of 7 combined Kindergarten  & Junior Kindergarten children are enrolled in each daily class; mixed with the preschool children to a maximum of 17 children/day/class. The Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten children attend together in a small group setting with a maximum 1:7 teacher to child ratio. 

*If there is a demand for more Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten spots, the maximum number of children may change without notice.

Please see Preschool Development Skills for more details on the goals and expectations for students.

Please note: 
Alberta Education will be changing the date for Kindergarten eligibility for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  Children will need to turn 5 before December 31st of 2020 in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.

More information on curriculum and education guidelines can be found on the Alberta Education Website, Kindergarten Curriculum