Pre-pri­mary pro­gram to be of­fered in more Nova Sco­tia school com­mu­ni­ties this fall

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Suzanne Trudeau re­ports that the Cen­tre­ville and Dis­trict Parks and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion held a pub­lic meet­ing on Feb. 21 at the Cen­tre­ville Hall. Coun. Pauline Raven chaired the dis­cus­sion and vote on a mo­tion to set “the 2018 Parks and Re­cre­ation Rate of $25 per dwelling unit.”

A slideshow was pre­sented to high­light what has taken place over the last year at the park as well as a fi­nan­cial re­port to il­lus­trate where the last al­lot­ment of funds was dis­bursed.

Even though there are very ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, the cost of oper­a­tion was $15,000 last year and items are still not com­pleted and/or in the plan­ning stages. We must re­mem­ber that fund­ing as­sis­tance from the var­i­ous sources of­ten hinges on the or­ga­ni­za­tion hav­ing match­ing funds, so this Cen­tre­ville Re­cre­ation tax al­lows the park to ap­ply for ad­di­tional fund­ing.

The vote was taken by bal­lot and passed. Thanks to county of­fi­cials and park vol­un­teers who an­swered many ques­tions and noted those ques­tions they couldn’t an­swer.

The Cen­tre­ville Good Neigh­bour Club met Feb 15 at the new time of 7 p.m. They quickly got down to business with year-end re­ports. The new president is Hea-

ther Mon­teith, vice-president Ann Stead­man, sec­re­tary Su­san Wood, and trea­surer Mar­i­lyn Kennedy. The Big Break­fast Com­mit­tee and oth­ers agreed to stay on. It was with re­gret we hear that Myra is step­ping back from the club and the hall dec­o­rat­ing, Myra and Su­san had a won­der­ful job. We so­cial­ized and had a great lunch pre­pared by our hostesses Ann and Mary-Ellen. See you at the next meet­ing March 15 at 7 p.m. at the hall — re­mem­ber to wear some­thing green. The next big break­fast is March 17, 7-10 a.m., at the Cen­tre­ville Hall, ad­mis­sion is by freewill of­fer­ing.

The Cen­tre­ville Bap­tist church now has a first aid sta­tion (first aid kit and a mod­ern de­fib­ril­la­tor) inside the church doors. This new style de­fib­ril­la­tor was demon­strated to com­mu­nity mem­bers and has many ad­van­tages, but more im­por­tantly, it is reg­is­tered with the Nova Sco­tia 911 pro­gram, so the lo­ca­tion is avail­able when emer­gen­cies hap­pen. The de­fib­ril­la­tor, once at­tached to the pa­tient, will mon­i­tor and ad­min­is­ter a charge if needed. Re­mem­ber if there is no pulse and no de­fib­ril­la­tor, do­ing “20-30 chest com­pres­sions and then a breath un­til help ar­rives,” makes a dif­fer­ence. I found out there have been im­prove­ments in how things are done, so please keep up to date.

Brave­Heart First Aid will be putting on a one-day Red Cross First Aid Course for $75 on April 7 at the Cen­tre­ville Bap­tist Church, 870 Mur­ray Dr. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the church at 902678-1946.

More chil­dren in the Annapolis Val­ley and across Nova Sco­tia will have the op­tion to at­tend pre-pri­mary classes this fall.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has an­nounced that 130 new pre-pri­mary classes will be added in 87 school com­mu­ni­ties across Nova Sco­tia. Premier Stephen McNeil said the first year of the pro­gram has been a suc­cess, with more than 800 fouryear-olds and their fam­i­lies ben­e­fit­ing.

“We want our chil­dren to have a strong foun­da­tion for school re­gard­less of where they live or what their so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground. Prepri­mary pro­vides just that,” McNeil said in a press re­lease.

This year, the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion will be seek­ing a part­ner­ship with a li­censed child care provider to de­liver pre-pri­mary as a pi­lot pro­ject in Kings County. Minister of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Zach Churchill said the in­ten­tion is to al­ways de­liver prepri­mary in schools, but when space is an is­sue, part­ner­ing with the com­mu­nity makes sense and would serve fam­i­lies well.

“The de­mand from fam­i­lies for a pro­gram in more com­mu­ni­ties is high and de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram through a li­censed child care provider may give more chil­dren in Nova Sco­tia the op­por­tu­nity, more quickly, to have ac­cess to this pro­gram,” Churchill said.

The ex­pan­sion of pre-pri­mary will cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors, as the pro­gram will be rolled out prov­ince wide by Septem­ber 2020. The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment is part­ner­ing with Nova Sco­tia Works Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices and the Depart­ment of Labour and Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion to at­tract and re­cruit early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors to Nova Sco­tia.

Fam­i­lies who live within a school com­mu­nity that is of­fer­ing pre-pri­mary and wish to reg­is­ter their child for the pro­gram can con­tact their lo­cal school board to learn more about the regis­tra­tion process.

Schools in Kings County de­liv­er­ing the pre-pri­mary pro­gram this fall in­clude L.E. Shaw El­e­men­tary School in Avon­port, Cam­bridge El­e­men­tary School in Cam­bridge, Cold­brook and Dis­trict School in Cold­brook, Alder­shot El­e­men­tary in Alder­shot, Kings County Academy in Kentville (in part­ner­ship with a li­censed child care op­er­a­tor off site from the school) and Port Wil­liams El­e­men­tary School in Port Wil­liams.

In Annapolis County, schools will in­clude Bridgetown Re­gional Com­mu­nity School in Bridgetown, Clark Ruther­ford El­e­men­tary in Corn­wal­lis Park, Cham­plain El­e­men­tary School in Granville Ferry and Lawrence­town Con­sol­i­dated School in Lawrence­town.

Hants County schools will in­clude Dr. Arthur Hines El­e­men­tary School in Sum­merville and Three Mile Plains Dis­trict School.

This fall, Con­seil sco­laire aca­dien pro­vin­cial will also de­liver the pre-pri­mary pro­gram through its Grandir en fran­cais pro­gram. In Kings County, Ecole Rose-des-Vents in Green­wood will be de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. ed­­mary.

www.sackvil­letri­ ca


This map shows new pre-pri­mary pro­gram lo­ca­tions for the 2018- 19 school year.

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