Administrative Procedure 210

Early Childhood Services

Background

Early childhood is a significant period in human development. The District is committed to providing Kindergarten programs which are developmentally appropriate, meet the diverse needs of children and promote a positive attitude to lifelong learning.

Procedures

  1. The ECS programs will serve children prior to grade one. Those with special needs may be served up to three years prior to the grade one entrance age.
  2. Kindergarten is considered to be the last year of ECS programming before grade one.
  3. Parent registration of children in an ECS program is voluntary.
  4. Each ECS program will be under the direction of a certified teacher.
  5. Each ECS program will operate for a minimum of 475 instructional hours.
  6. Transportation will be available for ECS children in accordance with District policies.
  7. Inclusive Education resource personnel will assist in meeting the developmental and diverse needs of children.
  8. Student enrolment information will be maintained on file for:
    1. Severely disabled children enrolled in a Program Unit Grant;
    2. Mildly or moderately disabled children;
    3. Disadvantaged children; and
    4. Regular needs children, including those considered immature.
  9. Each severely disabled child enrolled under a Program Unit Grant will be served through an individualized program plan.  Individualized program plans will be in place for each mildly or moderately disabled child.
  10. Kindergarten programs will be offered in English and French Immersion.
  11. Kindergarten programs in both languages will be consistent with and planned, implemented, and evaluated on the basis of the principals and learner expectations as outlined in the ECS program statement. 
  12. The goal of the ECS Program is to provide a successful learning experience for each child.
    1. Recognizing parents as partners every effort must be made to communicate the child’s progress throughout the year.
    2. In partnership with parents, decisions about placement in Grade 1 will be based on the child’s developmental level and the achievement of the Kindergarten Program Statement Learning Expectations.
  13. A child will be enrolled in a Kindergarten Program.
    1. Whose age on September 1 in the program in which he is attending is,
      1. 4 years and six months for a regular program, or
      2. 5 years and 6 months for a developmentally immature child.

Adopted:

March 22, 1989

Amended:

December 4, 2001, September 21, 2016

Reference:

Section 8, 30, 60, 61, 113 School Act
Early Childhood Regulation 31/2002
Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12
Funding Manual for School Authorities
Standards for Special Education
Standards for the Provision of Early Childhood Special Education

Cross References:

AP 210 Appendix Ages Funding Eligibility in ECS Programs

AP 360 Student Assessment Evaluation and Reporting