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?

(* indicates new Pre-Primary Programs to begin in September 2019)

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 and operated in partnership with a community agency)

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. Although registration for Pre-Primary is ongoing, we encourage families to contact their school as soon as possible to register for 2019-2020. School offices will also provide details on orientation days for the 2019-2020 Pre-Primary Program.


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. 

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 2018-2019

To apply for an out-of-catchment Pre-Primary Program space for the current 2018-2019 school year, please contact Deanna Hamilton, AVRCE Pre-Primary Facilitator, at 902-538-4629. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for available spaces. If your out-of-catchment application is accepted for the 2018-2019 school year, the Pre-Primary Facilitator will notify you. 

As of November 23, 2018, the following spaces are available and may be considered for out-of-catchment applications:

School Spaces
Cambridge and District Elementary School 2
Clark Rutherford Memorial School 7


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 posted here. 

Applications for 2019-2020 out-of-catchment spaces will be on a first come, first served basis from October 7, 2019 onward, until there are no more spaces available. We are unable to keep a waitlist for 2019-2020 out-of-catchment spaces. 


Can children in Pre-Primary take the school bus?

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to provide transportation for children enrolled in Pre-Primary.


Program Start Times and End Times

School Start Time End Time
Aldershot Elementary School 8:00 am 2:15 pm
Bridgetown Regional Community School 9:00 am 2:30 pm
Cambridge and District Elementary School 8:15 am 2:15 pm
Champlain Elementary School 8:05 am 2:00 pm
Clark Rutherford Memorial School 8:05 am 2:30 pm
Coldbrook and District School 8:30 am 2:45 pm
Dr. Arthur Hines School 8:20 am 2:25 pm
Lawrencetown Consolidated School 8:25 am 2:30 pm
L.E. Shaw Elementary School 8:25 am 2:25 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


Pre-Primary serving the Kings County Academy catchment area

The Pre-Primary Program serving families living in the Kings County Academy catchment area is located on the lower level of Centre Square, 10 Webster Street in Kentville, operated in partnership with a community agency. For further information on the Pre-Primary Program serving KCA, please contact Deanna Hamilton at 902-538-4629.


If you have further questions about Pre-Primary in AVRCE, please contact Deanna Hamilton, Pre-Primary Facilitator at 902-538-4629 or .


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  • Toll Free: 800-850-3887
  • Phone: 902-538-4600
  • Fax: 902-538-4630

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