Pre-primary FAQ: Registration and Eligibility

When, where and how, can I register my child for the pre-primary program in my area?

To register your child for pre-primary, please visit your Regional Centre for Education or Conseil scolaire acadien provincial website.

Who is eligible to attend the Pre-primary Program?

This is a voluntary program. Families can choose whether they want to register their children.

The Pre-primary Program is open to all children who have reached the age of four years on or before December 31 of the year they enroll.

Children can attend the program only for one year.

Children must live within the catchment area, as defined by the regional centre for education, of a school that is offering the Pre-primary Program.

I have to provide notice to my child care provider that my child is leaving. When should I do that?

It is recommended that parents wait until they have received confirmation of the pre-primary opening date.

Can I place my child in a Pre-Primary Program in any school I want?

Your child must live within a school community that is offering pre-primary.

My child is turning five, but I plan to start him/her in grade Primary at the age of six. Is she/he still eligible?

Yes. Children who will be five years old on or before December 31 of the year they enroll, are eligible to attend the Pre-primary Program before going into grade Primary.

Can my child attend Pre-primary Program for 2 years?

Children are eligible to attend Pre-primary Program for one school year only. That may be the age of 4 or 5 (on or before December 31 of the year they enroll).

The Pre-primary Program is still not at all schools – can I attend the neighboring school?

Currently, children must live in the school community where Pre-primary is offered to be eligible to attend. Upon review, the regional centre for education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial may announce an out of catchment registration for specific schools at a later date.

When will the Pre-primary Program start?

The official start date will be determined by the regional centre for education but it will be around the first day of school.  Some sites may choose to stagger the start dates having the pre-primary children start a day or 2 before or after the other children. 

When can I register for the Pre-primary Program?

Registration information will be posted on your regional centre for education website, but it is expected to start soon.