News FORD GOVT. CONSIDERING CUTTING FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Monday, Feb. 4th, 2019 Photo credit: worldartsme.com 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.