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Hi, we're planning on moving to Ottawa during the summer because I'll attend University there, but I am completely lost with their school system (thank god I'm going there to study to be a french teacher <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I have tried for several days to figure out if they have to give my dd (who will be 4 yo) a place in a "maternelle" (she'll be in the french school system). I know that here in Québec, they only have to provide room for every child aged 5 yo or older, before that, it's first come, first served, and it's very hard to get a place. Is it the same in Ontario?<br><br>
I am so scared I'll end up sending her to a crappy daycare paying 50$ a day... ArghhhHH! I wish I good register her now, but I can't, because we don't know where exactly we'll live. Ugh.<br><br>
Can anyone enlighten me?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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In the Ontario French system, kids who turn 4 before December 31 of that year go to maternelle. They're sometimes 3.5 when they start, because they have until the end of December to turn 4.<br><br>
Maternelle is followed by Jardin, then first grade.<br><br>
In Quebec speech, they get full time pre-maternelle at 4yo, then full time maternelle at 5, then 1ere at 6. It's just called maternelle and jardin, instead of pre-maternelle and maternelle.<br><br>
You don't have to rush to get a spot (unless you're trying for an out of area school), everyone gets in the local school.<br><br>
The reasoning behind adding the full-time year at 4 is is to give kids an extra year of "francisation", since alot of them don't speak French at home.<br><br>
You can PM me if you have more questions.
 

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Two of my boys are in school (Jardin and second grade)<br><br>
A child can start maternelle when he/she will be 4 on Dec 31. One or both parents of the child must have french as their first language, and speak french at home to be able to attend the french schools. Children who do not speak french at home can attend english school in french immersion.<br><br>
Maternelle and Jardin are full days. Half day with the teacher, the other half with an éducatrice. This started since most families have two working parents and it reduces the costs of daycare.<br><br>
A school must make room for your child if he/she is in the designated school border.
 

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Wow! That's great!<br><br>
I don't think it's gonna be a problem getting in the french system as my husband and I both did our whole education in french in Québec, and dd doesn't speak a word of english yet. Yup, we are a truly francophone family!<br><br>
I was thinking of puting both my dd's (almost 4 yo and almost 9yo) in the english system, but I think just moving to Ottawa will be enough change for them, and hopefully they'll learn english anyways.<br><br>
Thanks a lot for your answers!
 
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