Pre-Primary Program Launches Across Nova Scotia

Parents of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) now have access to important information regarding the provincial pre-primary program.

The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) released details of the program on Tuesday, July 18. The provincial pre-primary program will begin in September, 2017. To start, 50 pre-primary classes will open in 44 schools across Nova Scotia.

The program locations within CCRSB are:

  • New Glasgow Academy
  • North River Elementary School
  • Shubenacadie District Elementary
  • Bible Hill Central Elementary School
  • Hilden Elementary School
  • Junction Road Elementary School (Springhill)
  • West Highlands Elementary School (Amherst)

The pre-primary program is voluntary and is open to all children who are at least four years old by December 31.  Children can only attend the pre-primary program for one year.  

Information on how to pre-register for the program is available here. You may also pre-register by phone, and by calling toll-free 1-833-424-2084.

Pre-primary will be offered during standard school hours. It will be closed during all school in-service days, storm days, professional development days, holidays and the summer months. Parents can continue to check with CCRSB about class cancellations or closures. The program will be staffed by Early Childhood Educators. There will be one educator for every 10 students in the classroom, where there is a class of 20 children.  Where there are more than 20 children (maximum 24), there will be a minimum of three staff. 

The pre-primary program will provide all supplies, materials and resources, and is an inclusive program open to all children who are eligible. Children with special needs will continue to have access to services and supports they would have if they were at home or in a community-based program, while they are in pre-primary. 

The pre-primary program will follow the Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework, which recognizes that children learn best through play, and helps educators create responsive learning environments for children.

CCRSB is pleased with the development of this program and is confident it will provide lasting benefits for students of our board. 

A complete list of schools hosting the program across the province is available here, and more detailed information about the program can be found here.

To review a list of Frequently-Asked Questions, please click here