Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN: EXCHANGE IN HOUSE

EDUCATION NOTES:

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
QUESTION PERIOD
MAY 26, 2015

Exchange between Dale Kirby, Liberal Education Critic and Acting Education Minister Dalley

FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN

MR. KIRBY: Mr. Speaker, last year government revealed that some schools would deliver full-day kindergarten using a team teaching model that is not consistent with the standard classroom setting.  In some cases, two teachers, with two classes of kindergartens will be using the same space where now there is only one class of kindergartens taught.

I ask the Minister of Education: Why are you refusing to release the list of schools expected to use team teaching for full-day kindergarten in 2016?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Acting Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. DALLEY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

As I answered the question last night in Estimates for the member opposite, planning is underway for full-day kindergarten, Mr. Speaker.  Our government is very proud of this initiative to bring full-day kindergarten into the Province.  We are on track to do so.  A part of that planning process, there is much evaluation, as there are some 189 schools that offer kindergarten in the Province.  We have to look at their capacity, particularly around capital investments that may need to be made.

As we go through that and we identify what space is available, there is a process in how we are actually going to deliver full-day kindergarten in the classrooms.  When we get further along in that process, we are able to define our numbers a little better, Mr. Speaker, we are glad to make that information available.

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