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‘Seamless day’ closer

The province, in an apparent move to appease the elementary teachers’union, is close to approving a plan that would put kindergartenteachers at the front of the classroom for an entire day.

The province, in an apparent move to appease the elementary teachers’ union, is close to approving a plan that would put kindergarten teachers at the front of the classroom for an entire day.

Sources say the McGuinty government is “heavily leaning” toward such a model for its promise of full-day learning for the province’s youngest students — one that would also have at least one early childhood educator working in the classroom — even though it could cost hundreds of millions more each year and increase class sizes.

The model recommended by early learning adviser Charles Pascal had teachers continuing with the current half-day of instruction and early childhood workers overseeing the other half, as well as before- and after-school care. Its unclear how the province’s plan would affect after-school care. However, the “seamless day” is considered key.

 
 
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