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Provincial Pre-Primary Program

Pre-Primary Program 2020-2021: Information

Pre-Primary will be available to all HRCE school communities starting in September 2020.


  • Registration is now open for all Pre-Primary programs.
  • Registration is open all year round at school sites in person, not online.
  • Pre-Primary does not have waiting lists. All families who live in the English boundary of the school serving the area (neighbourhood) in which they reside will have a space in that school's Pre-Primary program.

For a list of schools offering Pre-Primary, click here. Schools with an asterisk (*) are new sites programs opening in September 2020.

Registration takes place at each school with the following exceptions:

  • For children living in the LeMarchant-St. Thomas catchment, registration will take place at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary
  • For children living in the Saint Mary’s catchment, registration will take place at Inglis Street Elementary
  • For children living in the Upper Musquodoboit catchment, registration will take place at Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre


  • In order to be eligible to attend Pre-Primary your child must be 4-years-old by December 31 in the year they start Pre-Primary.
  • Your family must live within the English boundary of the school that offers this program.
  • If you are unsure whether you live within the boundaries of a school offering the program, try our Home Address Lookup.


To register, parents/legal guardians must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the HRCE registration form. You can download the registration form (Word | PDF) or fill one out at the school.
  2. Present the child's proof of age and legal name (as listed on birth certificate, passport, immigration papers, legal name change certificate or adoption documents).
  3. Provide proof of residency/home address for the parents/legal guardian (such as a current utility bill (power, water, cable, internet) or the sales bill for your home).
  4. Provide Nova Scotia Health Card (MSI) number and expiry date at the time of registration.

What is the Pre-Primary Program All About?

What to expect

Before the first day of school, you will receive a phone call from the Lead Early Childhood Educator at your child’s Pre-Primary program to provide you with all necessary information about the Pre-Primary program.

In the meantime, please see some helpful information:

  • Morning & Afternoon Snack: Snacks will be provided twice per day in our Pre-Primary Program; we will serve a fruit and/or vegetable with every snack plus another food group. Please let the Lead Early Childhood Educator know if your child has any diet restrictions.
  • Lunch: Please provide a lunch for your child daily. We will have lunch around noon in a family-style dining atmosphere. If you plan on sending a frozen meal we ask that you preheat this at home and place into a thermos. Unfortunately, we do not have a microwave in the Pre-Primary program environment.
  • Extra Clothing: Your children will be experiencing lots of fun/messy play while in our program. Please ensure you have minimally one full change of clothes. Ensure your child is prepared for outdoor weather at all times as we go outside twice daily. If we do not have enough gear to change a child we will call home/work to ask for clothes to be brought to school or to pick up the child.
  • All other supplies and materials are provided by the Pre-Primary program. We do not require families to purchase materials.

Pre-Primary Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please contact:

Loreto Pillado
902-464-2000 ext. 4370

Pre-Primary Program 2019-2020: Dates and Times

Click here to view a list of dates and times for the Pre-Primary Program. 

For a full list of schools offering Pre-Primary, click here .

Out-of-Catchment Space Availability 2019-2020 School Year

To increase access to the Pre-Primary Program, a process to accept students who live outside of a school catchment offering Pre-Primary has been established.

Starting Monday, October 7, 2019 families will be able to register their child in Pre-Primary outside of their catchment area in schools where programs are not at full capacity. These spaces are available to children that currently do not have access to a Pre-Primary Program in their catchment school.

It's important to note that there are a limited number of spaces available. Programs with availability are as follows (Updated Feb. 24, 2020):

Pre-Primary Site Spaces Available
Duncan MacMillan 4
East St. Margaret's 7
Ian Forsyth 1
Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre 6
Ross Road 6
Sambro 10

Please note:

  • The out-of-catchment process will launch on October 7, 2019 and will continue until no more spaces are available.
  • Children must not currently have access to Pre-Primary in their catchment school.
  • Children must not have already attended a Pre-Primary Program.
  • Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis until there are no more spaces available.

Parents/guardians must present the child’s proof of age, legal name (as listed on birth certificate, passport, immigration papers, legal name change certificate or adoption documents), proof of residency (such as a current utility bill), Nova Scotia Health Card (MSI) number and expiry date at the time of registration.

To be eligible, a child must have reached their fourth birthday on or before December 31, 2019.

For more information, click here .

Before and After Pilot Program 2019-2020

The provincial Before and After Program (BAP) is expanding to seven HRCE schools for 2019-2020. BAP is a fee-based recreation program for children.

The schools offering BAP, along with service providers, are as follows:

  • Brookhouse Elementary (EXCEL)
  • Bicentennial School (EXCEL)
  • Tallahassee Community School (Tallahassee Early Learning Centre)
  • Rockingstone Heights School (YWCA of Halifax)
  • Springvale Elementary School (EXCEL)
  • Bell Park Academic Centre (Boys and Girls Club of Preston)
  • Cavalier Drive School (EXCEL)

To register for BAP, please contact the service provider offering the program at your child’s school listed here.

If your school’s program is offered by EXCEL, click here.

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