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Beginning Tuesday May 3, 2022, StrongStart will be returning to drop in with specific parameters in place. Please read all updates below. All StrongStart Centres will be closed May 2, 5, 6, and 23. 


If you have previously registered your child for StrongStart, you do not need to re-register.

If you have not yet registered your child in StrongStart, registration is available online.

  • Before you begin the process, please have your child’s birth certificate or passport available.
  • Click the registration link above and fill in all the required spaces.
  • Upload a scan or photo of your child’s birth certificate or passport.
  • Click the Send button.

For those who prefer, paper copies will still be available. You can download the PDF Registration form here.  Please contact your school to submit a paper copy and required documents. Please remember a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate or passport is also required to register.

Have you moved? Has your child already been registered at a StrongStart Centre outside of Nanaimo-Ladysmith? Please contact your school.

May Updates

We are pleased to share with you that beginning Tuesday, May 3, StrongStart will be slowly returning to drop in. Families will be able to drop in at any StrongStart centre, following the guidelines below:

Please have only 1 adult attend to allow for more spaces for children during this time.

  • Drop in between the hours of 9:15am – 12:15pm at any centre.
  • There are up to 25 spots (adults and children combined) available per centre.
  • As you arrive, look for the Red/Green card on the sign/door/cone. Green there is space, red is sorry we are full. 
  • Please only drop in up to twice per week. This may be two days at one centre, or one day at one centre and another day at a different centre for a total of 2 days. 
  • Sign in when you arrive at the StrongStart room.
  • We request a limit of 1 adult when attending, to keep more spaces for children.
  • Be respectful of peoples’ personal space and follow all guidelines in place. 
  • Stay home if unwell. 
  • Complete a Daily Health Check before coming to the StrongStart centre. 
  • Use respiratory etiquette. (e.g. sneeze into a tissue).
  • Masks are optional. 
  • Perform healthy hand hygiene. (e.g. washing hands when arriving)

StrongStart Centres

As we shift away from online booking to return to drop in, we recognize that families may be used to having their guaranteed spots. To help support families, families will know if there is space when they arrive. Outside of the school, there will be either a Green Sign, meaning “Come on in there is space”, or a Red Sign, meaning “Sorry we are full. See you soon”. 

Bayview Elementary School
140 View Street, Nanaimo
250 754-3231

Cedar Elementary School 
2215 Gould Road, Nanaimo
250 722-2722

Fairview Community School
205 Howard Avenue, Nanaimo
250 753-3418

Frank J. Ney Elementary
5301 Williamson Road, Nanaimo
250 729-8045

Georgia Avenue Community School
625 Georgia Avenue, Nanaimo
250 753-1044

Ladysmith Primary
510 Sixth Avenue, Nanaimo
250 245-3912

McGirr Elementary School
6199 McGirr Road, Nanaimo
250 758-8946

Quarterway Elementary School
1632 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
250 754-6845

Resources for StrongStart Parents