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.

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 developement.

Dates for 2017

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 if they are not listed below.

Rock City Elementary School – April 3 to May 1

Coal Tyee Elementary School – April 3 to May 29

McGirr Elementary School – April 4 to May 23

Ladysmith Primary School – April 5 to May 5

Fairview Community School – April 5 to May 24

Ecole Quarterway Elementary School – April 6 to May 11

Georgia Avenue Community School – April 6 to May 11

Frank J. Ney Elementary – April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4 and 18

Chase River Elementary School – April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 19, 26; June 2, 9

Park Avenue Community School – April 7 to June 9

Gabriola Elementary School – April 7 to May 26

Forest Park Elementary School – April 7 to June 9

Pleasant Valley Elementary School – April 11 to May 2

Brechin Elementary School – April 11 to May 30

Cinnabar Valley Elementary School – April 11 to May 2 & May 9 to 30

Ecole Hammond Bay School – April 13 and May 11

Randerson Ridge Elementary School – April 13 to June 1

Rutherford Elementary School – April 13 to June 1

Ecole North Oyster Elementary School – Wednesday, April 26

Mountain View Elementary School – May 3 to June 28

Departure Bay Eco School – May 8

Cedar Elementary School – May 8

Uplands Park Elementary School – May 8 to June 5

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.

Healthy Start to Learning

Healthy Start to Learning events for children up to 6 years old

  • Saturday, April 22
  • Wednesday, June 7