Kindergarten Links to Foundational Resources

EduGAINS houses ministry developed resources to support policies and programs related to improved learning and teaching – Kindergarten to Grade 12 – in Ontario schools.



The Kindergarten Program document sets out what four- and five-year-olds across the province will learn in Ontario’s two-year kindergarten program and how educators will help your child learn through play and inquiry.




Written by educators, for educators, THINQ KINDERGARTEN examines the role of educators and learners in an inquiry-based kindergarten environment. Thinq K Includes authentic experiences, photos and artifacts from real kindergarten classrooms presented in a dynamic, non-linear model of inquiry-based learning for kindergarten. Thinq K examines the relationships among inquiry, play, assessment and learning and provides provocations for educators to reflect upon their own inquiry journey and their role as co-learners.



In January 2007, the government published Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings. This document was developed by the Best Start Expert Panel on Early Learning to help to improve quality and consistency in early childhood settings across Ontario. This framework, often referred to as ELECT or the Early Learning Framework (ELF) throughout the province, sets out six principles to guide practice in early years settings. It also provides a continuum of development for children from birth to age eight.



To support educators working in early years settings in their continuous professional learning, the Ministry worked with leading experts in the early childhood field to develop the Ontario Early Years Policy Framework. The framework describes how the experiences children have in the early years can have an extraordinary and long-lasting impact on children’s learning, development, health and well-being…





How Does Learning Happen? is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and family programs. It supports pedagogy and program development in early years settings that is shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and the relationships among them. It builds on foundational knowledge about children and is grounded in new research and leading-edge practice from around the world.


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) represents more than 76,000 elementary teachers, occasional teachers, Designated Early Childhood Educators, and professional support personnel in Ontario elementary schools. ETFO is known as one the the foremost providers of teacher professional learning in Canada.


The Learning Exchange shares rich research-based educational tools focused on advancing student achievement with resources developed by educators for educators. They host professional learning video content developed by Ontario’s Ministry of Education that is designed to support and improve the practice of classroom educators, coaches, consultants, and school system leaders.