Early Years - Registration

New this year is online registration, which begins Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8 a.m. If your child is entering Kindergarten in September 2017, you must register before June 15, 2017 to obtain an assured space in your child’s catchment-area school.

More information is available here

All Kids go to School

Information for parents of Kindergarten students with special needs.

Welcome to Kindergarten

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools offers Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) events to help prepare children for a positive start to their schooling.  WTK events provide a wonderful opportunity for families to engage with their new school and celebrate active play-based learning to create a foundation for children’s healthy, optimal growth and development.

Kindergarten Gradual Entry 

Useful Resources

Successful learning, positive behaviour and good health can be directly linked to nurturing and supportive early development.

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ Early Years Program works with community partners to enhance programs and provide services and support for families and young learners, in order to meet the developmental needs of children prior to entering school.

Programs include Ready, Set, Learn; Parent Child Mother Goose, StrongStart Centres, and Welcome to Kindergarten. StrongStart Centres provide a drop-in program for children under 5 and their parents or caregivers.

Ready, Set, Learn events for 3 and 4 year olds and their families – this free program is designed to assist parents in supporting their child’s early learning while connecting families with the school system and other families.  Check with your neighbourhood school for dates and times.


Early Years Contact

For more information about the Early Years programs in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, contact District Vice-Principal Jane Carroll, 250 741-5237.

Inclusion in NLPS

Inclusion is the belief that all students should, where possible, receive their education in age-appropriate regular classrooms in their neighbourhood schools. The school district, together with parents, determines the support(s) needed for successful inclusion.

Inclusion is a continuum of options designed to foster the feelings of belonging, acceptance and community.

Why Play?

Play has a positive effect on early childhood learning. Play is imagination – it allows children to explore and discover.  Play stimulates healthy brain development and nurtures literacy and numeracy.