News FORD GOVT. CONSIDERING CUTTING FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Monday, Feb. 4th, 2019 Nothing is set in stone yet, but as the Doug Ford government looks at tackling the provincial deficit, it has mused about possible education cuts – among them, full-day kindergarten. Lori Ridley-Whyte is the regional president of the Elementary Teachers Federation, covering the area between Temagami and Hearst. She says three- and four-year-olds don’t enter school to sit at desks. They are involved in play-based learning. “To build those skills around self-reliance and critical problem solving is so important,” she opines, “(and) by sacrificing this learning environment for our children, it’s only for short-term financial gain and their future is too important.” Lori Ridley-White, ETFO regional president. Photo credit: Lori Ridley-Whyte Ridley-Whyte says a half-day doesn’t give teachers enough time to cover the curriculum. “With the play-based learning, it’s so important for the children to access these skills and build the self-reliance that they’re going to need later on.” Ridley-Whyte adds that eliminating full-day kindergarten would result in crowding in home-based daycare.