Children must be five before the end of December 2024, to be eligible to start school in September 2024. Section 15 of the Education Act states that a child must begin kindergarten at the beginning of the school year in the calendar in which They turn five years old unless:

a) The child is exempted from school attendance under section 15 of the Education Act; or,

b) The child is still four years of age on September 1 of that calendar year. In such a case, the child may, at his/her parents’ discretion, enter school either that year or the following year. School Entry Age – Policy 301 6.1

How to Register

Step 1: Determine how to register your child

  • Online via the NB Parent Portal
  • Student Welcome Centre

○ This applies to Kindergarten to Grade 12 students born in Canada who DO NOT speak English as their home language. OR
○ Kindergarten to Grade 12 students born outside of Canada, regardless of language spoken at home.

Step 2: Determine your child’s school

Use this link to determine your child’s catchment area.

Step 3: Register your child online

Beginning October 10th online via the NB Parent Portal

Step-by-step guide

Step 4: Complete registration in-person at your child’s school

You will then receive a call to set up an appointment to come to the school to submit documents, sign forms, and book an appointment for the Early Years Evaluation – Direct Assessment (EYE-DA) for your child. The EYE-DA is an optional assessment – click here for more information.

The following physical documentation is required for registration:
• Birth Certificate
• Medicare Card
• Immunization Records
• Proof of Residence (copy of phone/ electric bill, etc.)

Early Years Evaluation – Direct Assessment


School Visits

Children entering Kindergarten, along with their parents/guardians, are invited to visit their school, meet the Kindergarten teacher(s), make new friends, explore the classroom, play, and go on a short bus ride to learn about safety. Invitations for date and time will be sent by the school.

As entering school can be both an exciting and a stressful time for children and their parents/guardians, this visit helps to answer a lot of questions children and parents may have.

Children and parent(s)/guardian(s) are invited to the school to meet kindergarten teachers, meet soon-to-be peers, and take part in activities. The visit lasts about an hour.

Children and their parent(s)/guardian(s) spend part of the day in the classroom with Kindergarten teachers and soon-to-be peers. This visit introduces children to the classroom environment and possible activities that they will engage in as a student. Children learn about bus safety and take a short ride on a school bus.

Additional Support & Information

If you require additional support or information on the registration process, please contact the district’s Early Years Family Navigator.

Early Years Family Navigator