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.

Registration dates for the 2018-2019 school year for existing Pre-Primary sites within Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) have been announced. Please see below for dates and times of registration for existing Pre-Primary locations:

  • Hilden Elementary: January 26th, 9:00 to 1:00
  • Bible Hill Consolidated: January 29th, 9:00 to 12:30
  • Trenton Elementary School: January 30th, 8:30 to 12:00
  • New Glasgow Academy: February 1st, 9:30 to 12:30
  • Shubenacadie District Elementary: February 2nd, 8:45 to 10:45
  • Junction Road Elementary (Serves Springhill Community): February 6th, 9:00 to 12:00
  • West Highlands Elementary (Amherst): February 8th, 9:30 to 12:30
  • North River Elementary : February 12th, 9:30 to 12:30

Parents/guardians must bring their child’s birth certificate, provincial health card and proof of address, to registration. If the registration date has passed, please contact Pre-Primary Program Manager, Nicki Beck at

The Pre-Primary program is voluntary and is open to all children who are at least four years old by December 31st, 2018 and live within school catchment.  Children can only attend the Pre-Primary program for one year.

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.