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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. We strive to create warm and welcoming environments in our schools for families with young children.

Early Years programs include Ready, Set, Learn, StrongStart Centres, Welcome to Kindergarten & Healthy Starts Fairs 

Ready, Set, Learn events are for 3 and 4 year olds and their families. These events occur annually at many different schools.

StrongStart Centres provide a drop-in program for children under 5 and their parents or caregivers. For more information visit our StrongStart page  

  • A StrongStart Centre Restart Plan is currently underway.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Welcome to Kindergarten events happen in the Spring for incoming Kindergarten students and their families. Families will be invited from the school that their child will attend. 

Healthy Starts Fairs are hosted by Greater Nanaimo Early Years & partners and are intended for children under the age of 6yrs and their families.  The fairs connect families with the many Early Years community supports in Nanaimo. There will be resource, supports, games, activities, snacks and more…

Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership supports families in Greater Nanaimo, to help create a solid foundation for children to reach their full potential in health and development during their early years. Find out more.

  • Early Years Contact

  • For more information about the Early Years programs in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, contact Director of Instruction – Learning & Innovation Jacquie Poulin at .

  • 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.