As of September 2014, Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) will be fully implemented in Ontario. The role of the FDK teacher is unique within our profession. ETFO and the WRDSB have developed a variety of resources to support these educators in their classrooms.
Kindergarten: A Unique Program, A Unique Partnership
This Pamphlet promotes play-based learning in Kindergarten and beyond. We are proud of the work done by the team of Kindergarten professionals and parents to support the learning of our youngest students.
Building and Maintaining Positive Professional FDK Team Relationships
FDK classrooms have a team of two educators who work collaboratively as partners to provide a full-day of learning for four and five-year-olds. DECEs (Designated Early Childhood Educators) are registered members of the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) and are obligated to adhere to the Ethical and Professional Standards of Practice for Early Childhood Educators.
The majority of DECEs in Ontario are members of one union, ETFO, CUPE, or OSSTF. Some DECEs are still not represented by a union. FDK teachers are members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and governed by their Ethical Standards and Standards of Practice and are members of ETFO or OECTA. DECE and Teacher collective agreements differ from local to local and as such can create misunderstandings. These misunderstandings can be avoided if each one understands the collective agreement language and entitlements.
FDK is a unique partnership. ETFO Provincial has developed some strategies and suggestions for you to consider to help build a positive and professional working relationship with your partner.
Role of the Kindergarten Planning Time Teacher
The WRDSB has provided this information to assist School Administrators and Teaching Staff with understanding the Role of the Kindergarten Planning Time Teacher for the reporting periods.
For Kindergarten reports, there is a wide range of reporting processes currently being used across the province. Teachers should follow their District School Board reporting guidelines for Kindergarten reporting. Teacher professional judgement should be exercised when completing comments if applicable.