Pre-Primary Programs

Pre-Primary Programs

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. Pre-Primary is not mandatory—children do not have to attend Pre-Primary before entering grade Primary. 

For more information on what Pre-Primary is all about, visit 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);
  • They live within the catchment area of a school offering the program (limited spaces may be available for out-of-catchment families--please see below for further information). 

Families can enroll a child in Pre-Primary at any time during the 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?

Aldershot Elementary School

Berwick and District School

Bridgetown Regional Community School

Cambridge and District Elementary School

Clark Rutherford Memorial School

Champlain Elementary School

Coldbrook and District School

Dr. Arthur Hines School

Dwight Ross School

Falmouth District School (hosted at Windsor Elementary School)

Gaspereau Valley Elementary School

Glooscap Elementary School

Hantsport School

Kings County Academy (located off-site at 10 Webster Street in Kentville)

Lawrencetown Consolidated School

L.E. Shaw Elementary School

Port Williams Elementary School

St. Mary’s Elementary School

Three Mile Plains District School

Windsor Elementary School

Windsor Forks District School


How do I register for Pre-Primary?

To register for Pre-Primary, contact the school office where a program is located (for families in the Falmouth District School catchment area, the program is hosted at Windsor Elementary School but we ask you to contact the Falmouth District School office to begin the registration process).

Families can contact their school anytime to enroll their child.


Out-of-Catchment Applications

Families who live in an area where the Pre-Primary Program is not offered can apply for an out-of-catchment space at an existing program. Out-of-catchment applications are accepted only when space is available and no additional staffing is required to accommodate the request. If you are accepted for an out-of-catchment Pre-Primary space, your child will return to their home school for grade Primary. Out-of-catchment families are also responsible for their child's transportation to and from the Pre-Primary Program.

Please note, families who live in an area that offers the Pre-Primary Program are not eligible to apply for an out-of-catchment space in a neighbouring program. If you live in an area where the program is offered, please contact your local school to register. 


Out-of-Catchment Process for 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 school year, the out-of-catchment process will launch on October 7, 2019 and will continue until no more spaces are available. Schools with available spaces for out-of-catchment families and the number of available spaces will be updated here periodically.

Applications for 2019-2020 out-of-catchment spaces are on a first come, first served basis from October 7, 2019 onward, until there are no more spaces available. Please contact the Pre-Primary Facilitator at 902-844-0698 to apply for an out-of-catchment space.

School Out-of Catchment Spaces Available as of October 7, 2019
Aldershot Elementary School 19
Berwick and District School 7
Bridgetown Regional Community School 12
Cambridge and District Elementary School 6
Champlain Elementary School 4
Clark Rutherford Memorial School 8
Coldbrook and District School 0
Dr. Arthur Hines School 6
Dwight Ross School 0
Falmouth District School (at Windsor Elementary) 0
Gaspereau Valley ElementarySchool 0
Glooscap Elementary School 3
Hantsport School 11
Kings County Academy (at 10 Webster Street) 0
Lawrencetown Consolidated School 4
L.E. Shaw Elementary School 5
Port Williams Elementary School 6
St. Mary's Elementary School 11
Three Mile Plains District School 7
Windsor Elementary School 0
Windsor Forks District School 7


Can children in Pre-Primary take the school bus?

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 all other Pre-Primary sites in 2019-2020, parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the program. 


Program Start Times and End Times

School Start Time End Time
Aldershot Elementary School 8:00 am 2:15 pm
Berwick and District School 8:40 am 2:30 pm
Bridgetown Regional Community School 9:00 am 2:30 pm
Cambridge and District Elementary School 8:30 am 2:45 pm
Champlain Elementary School 8:10 am 2:25 pm
Clark Rutherford Memorial School 8:05 am 2:15 pm
Coldbrook and District School 8:30 am 2:30 pm
Dr. Arthur Hines School 8:20 am 2:20 pm
Dwight Ross School 8:35 am 2:55 pm
Falmouth District School (at Windsor Elementary) TBA TBA
Gaspereau Valley ElementarySchool 8:25 am 2:30 pm
Glooscap Elementary School 8:25 am 2:30 pm
Hantsport School 8:25 am 2:30 pm
Kings County Academy (at 10 Webster Street) 8:15 am 2:45 pm
Lawrencetown Consolidated School 8:05 am 2:30 pm
L.E. Shaw Elementary School 8:15 am 2:15 pm
Port Williams Elementary School 8:15 am 2:25 pm
St. Mary's Elementary School 8:45 am 3:00 pm
Three Mile Plains District School 8:00 am 2:25 pm
Windsor Elementary School 8:50 am 2:50 pm
Windsor Forks District School 8:00 am 2:20 pm


If you have general questions about the Pre-Primary Program, please contact our Pre-Primary Facilitator at 902-844-0698.


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