Welcome to the provincial Pre-Primary Program in AVRCE!
What is Pre-Primary?
The provincial Pre-Primary Program is a play-based learning program that supports young children’s development and lays the foundation for future school success. The program is free for families, and is flexible to meet each family’s needs; eligible children can attend every day, or they can attend only a few days a week. Although children do no have to attend Pre-Primary to enroll in grade Primary, the program helps children prepare for school entry.
In February 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia announced that, starting in September 2020, Pre-Primary will be available in all school catchment areas and transportation will be available to all Pre-Primary sites. We encourage families to get in touch with their home school as soon as possible to enroll in for the 2020-21 school year. Early registation will help us ensure transportation is in place for your child in the new school year.
Our Pre-Primary Parent/Guardian Handbook helps to answer some frequest questions about Pre-Primary, and provides information on what your little one's day might look like in the program. Download a pdf of the Parent-Guardian handbook here.
For more information on what Pre-Primary is all about, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary and check out these videos for a look inside a Pre-Primary classroom:
Who can enroll in Pre-Primary?
Children are eligible for Pre-Primary if:
- They will be at least four years old by December 31 of the school year;
- They have not been enrolled in a Pre-Primary Program before (children are eligible to attend for one year only)
Families can enroll a child in Pre-Primary at any time during the year. We encourage families to register early ahead of a new school year, in order to participate in orientation sessions and to help us ensure transportation is in place for the new school year.
To check which school catchment area serves your home address, use our online school catchment area search tool.
Where is Pre-Primary available in our region?
Starting in September 2020, the Pre-Primary program will be available at all schools that serve elementary grades.
How do I register for Pre-Primary?
To register for Pre-Primary, contact your local school office anytime.
We encourage families to register early ahead of a new school year, in order to participate in orientation sessions and to help us ensure transportation is in place for the new school year.
Can children in Pre-Primary take the school bus?
Starting in September 2020, busing will be available for all Pre-Primary sites, for children who live within the school catchment area and who live outside a one kilometre radius of the school.
Busing is currently available to five Pre-Primary sites, as part of a multi-year rollout of busing for the program: Champlain Elementary School, Clark Rutherford Memorial School, Glooscap Elementary School, Lawrencetown Consolidated School and L.E. Shaw Elementary School. Pre-Primary children registered at these sites are eligible for busing if they:
- Live within the school catchment area
- Live outside a one kilometre radius of the school
For More Information
If you have general questions about the Pre-Primary Program, please contact our Pre-Primary Facilitator at 902-844-0698.