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Provincial Pre-Primary Program

Pre-Primary Program 2020-2021

New: Supporting Children and Families in the Pre-primary Program during COVID-19: A Guide for Families - link

In September 2020, Pre-Primary will be available to all HRCE school communities.

Starting in September 2020, the start and end times each day for the Pre-Primary Program will be the same as the elementary school where the program is located or, if the program is located off-site, the school the children will attend in Grade Primary.

Click here to view the program hours for each site.

Registration for 2020-2021 school year

To limit non-essential visitors, families are encouraged to register using the following steps:

  1. Please complete all sections of the registration form (Word | PDF) and email to .
  2. You must attach a scanned copy or picture of proof of residence (Power or Water bill), Nova Scotia Health Card and your child’s birth certificate.

For more information about Pre-Primary programs in the HRCE, click here . Schools with an asterisk (*) are new sites programs opening in September 2020.

If you require assistance completing the registration form or do not have access to email please contact:

Loreto Pillado
902-464-2000 ext. 4370


  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Before and After Pilot Program 2020-2021

The Nova Scotia Before and After Program (NS-BAP) is is a fee-based recreation program for children.

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

  • Brookhouse Elementary (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 NS-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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