Early Years Centres
Children are healthy, safe and nurtured in their families and communitiesNova Scotia’s children deserve the best possible start in life to help them develop to their full potential.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is working to build an integrated early years system throughout the province that will provide more accessible and comprehensive support for young children and their families.
Early Years CentresThe Early Years Branch at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development partners with school boards, community and families to create Early Years Centres across the province. The Early Years Centre model includes three core services:
- a play-based early learning program for children in the year before entering school
- family supports and resources
- regulated child care responsive to family needs
Having these services in one place in the community makes it easier for families to get the support they need, in a convenient and familiar location. As programs and services work more collaboratively together, families will find it easier to access to the services they need, when they need them.
The goals of Early Years Centres are to:
- Improve outcomes for children prenatally through school entry
- Increase access to programs and services for young children and their families
- Improve program quality
- Improve the integration of programs and services at the community level
- Increase collaboration between partners and service providers
- Jubilee Elementary School I, Sydney Mines
- East Antigonish Education Centre, Monastery
- Rockingstone Heights School, Halifax
- Yarmouth Central School (across the street), Yarmouth
- West Highlands Elementary, Anherst
- Clark Rutherford Elementary, Cornwallis
- Ecole Beau-Port, Arichat
- New Germany Elementary, New Germany