The Nature Kindergarten program in SD62 was one of the first of its kind in Canada when it was piloted in September 2012. Its popularity and success have turned the program into an annual option for parents.
Students spend every morning outside, rain or shine, in natural settings (primarily on the property of Royal Roads University – Sangster students; T’Sou-ke Nation lands – Saseenos students). Students then return to school for their lunch and remain in the classroom during the rest of the afternoon for indoor learning.
Nature Kindergarten is available at the following schools:
To register, children must turn five years of age by December 31 in the same calendar year that they begin school.
Lottery system for kindergarten registration
Due to high demand for Nature Kindergarten, if a school receives more registrations than the number of available seats, a lottery will take place. The lottery will follow the unique enrolment priorities for Nature Kindergarten and students will be placed in the order in which they are drawn.
The first nine in-catchment girls and nine boys as well as two aboriginal students drawn will be placed. Out of district requests will be considered only after in-district requests.
How to register:
1. Attend a Nature Kindergarten parent Information Session prior to registration.
*Attendance is mandatory. Parents can attend either session. Date stamped application forms will be given out at the sessions. Parents will also be required to attend a ‘forest day’ in February. Dates for those will be given out at the mandatory Information Sessions.
2.Read the Registration Guide to make sure you have the required documents ready to upload during registration. After online registration is complete, parents have 7 days to present original documents to their neighbourhood school. We will accept original documents only – no exceptions. Students will not be officially registered until all documentation has been received.
New immigrant families (permanent residents, refugees or those on work/study permit or diplomatic visas):
Please contact the SD62 International Office at 250-474-9818 or in person at 200-814 Goldstream Avenue before completing the online registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the lottery work?
When the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats, a lottery system will take place. The enrolment priorities unique to Nature K will apply to the lottery. The first nine in-catchment girls and nine boys as well as two aboriginal students drawn will be placed. Out of district requests will be considered only after in-district requests.
When will the results of the lottery be available?
You will be notified by March.
Do I need to enter the lottery in addition to registering my child?
No, the system will know once you select Nature Kindergarten during the online registration.
Do I need a computer in order to register?
Yes. If you do not have a computer at home, you can access a computer at any of the following places:
A friend or family’s house
Use your mobile phone
Do I need an email address to register?
Yes. All correspondence, including the offering of seats and waitlist status, are sent to an applicant’s e-mail address. This is the same e-mail address used when registering at your local catchment school. It is important to have access to your e-mail account for school and district correspondence.
Do I need to fill out any additional information in order to register my child for Nature Kindergarten?
Yes. You must fill out a Nature Kindergarten application form that can only be obtained at one of the mandatory information sessions listed above. This application must be completed in full and submitted to the school before the end of the registration period.