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Full-day kindergarten not mandatory

Parents who want a half-day kindergarten program might have to movetheir child to another school if the local one is among those offeringfull-day.

Parents who want a half-day kindergarten program might have to move their child to another school if the local one is among those offering full-day.

The almost 600 elementary schools across Ontario to introduce the new program this September will only have full-day classes for four- and five-year-olds, and not the half-day option, said Michelle Despault, spokeswoman for Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

However, if parents want their children to attend their home school, they have the right to informally pull them out for half the day, she added.

“It’s not a mandatory program,” Despault said.

However, “if a parent did make a decision to withdraw their child from the full-day program for half a day, they would need to understand that they will not receive the full benefits of the full-day program — they may miss out on some of the curriculum.