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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.

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 Pizza Preschool Parties
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.

Check out the video, featured in the fall 2017 edition of ConnectED, about the different programs.

Greater Nanaimo Early Years & partners host two free 2019 Healthy Start Fairs – October 1 & November 5.  These events are intended for children under the age of 6yrs and their families.  There will be many resources, supports, games, activities, snacks and more…









  • 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.