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StrongStart Early Learning Centres provide a free drop-in program for children 5 and under and their parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has eight StrongStart Centres.
Birth certificates must be provided when registering your child.

Thanks to the financial support from the Ministry of Education, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is supporting families to become involved in early learning and providing opportunities where they can spend time learning through play with their children.

StrongStart Closures

Fairview Elementary – April 17

StrongStart Centres are closed for professional days and curriculum implementation days as well as the following days for in-service, prep, planning and clean-up:

  • June 3
  • June 27





  • You and your child will:

    • Explore with sand and water
    • Explore art through a variety of activities
    • Develop all the senses
    • Learn songs, enjoy music
    • Learn fingerplays
    • Listen to stories
    • Play dress-up
    • Climb and slide
    • Build with blocks
    • Pretend play with toy animals, puppets, trucks, and dolls
    • Play with natural and real materials