Tren­ton El­e­men­tary also to of­fer pre-pri­mary

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

Tren­ton El­e­men­tary School has been added as a host site for the new provin­cial pre-pri­mary pro­gram.

Due to high reg­is­tra­tion numbers, the Chignecto-Cen­tral Re­gional School Board re­cently re­ceived ap­proval from the prov­ince to add an ad­di­tional pre-pri­mary site, al­low­ing for ad­di­tional children to ben­e­fit from the pro­gram.

“We had high reg­is­tra­tion numbers in the New Glas­gow-Tren­ton area and wanted to al­low as many children as pos­si­ble to avail of this pro­gram. I think the high reg­is­tra­tion numbers are an in­di­ca­tor of the in­ter­est in the pro­gram in this area,” said CCRSB spokesper­son Darcy MacRae.

The pro­gram is ex­pected to start in the last week of Septem­ber.

New Glas­gow Academy was one of the sites an­nounced by the prov­ince in June when the pro­gram was in­tro­duced, and at the time was the only Pictou County lo­ca­tion for the pro­gram. One class be­gan there ear­lier this week, and the sec­ond is ex­pected to be­gin op­er­at­ing the last week of the month.

The prov­ince is phas­ing in the pre-pri­mary pro­gram over four years. Even­tu­ally it will be avail­able to all four-year-olds in Nova Sco­tia. It will fol­low the Nova Sco­tia Early Learning Cur­ricu­lum Frame­work, a child-cen­tred, play­based pro­gram that sup­ports the early learning and de­vel­op­ment of children the year be­fore they start school.

“We look for­ward to open­ing all of the pre-pri­mary pro­grams later this month. It is a lot of work to get the centres ready, but we know they will pro­vide fouryear-olds in our area with a great foun­da­tion for their school years ahead,” said MacRae.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on how par­ents and guardians within the Tren­ton El­e­men­tary catch­ment area can reg­is­ter their child for pre-pri­mary will be avail­able shortly, the school board stated in a re­lease.

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