Lifelong learning starts the moment we are born. The first six years of our lives are a time of unparalleled discovery. We learn about ourselves and the world around us. Our personalities take shape and we begin to lay the foundation of knowledge that will support us as we enter the education system. Recognizing this, PWSD and Alberta Education are committed to exploring options that provide children with access to early learning opportunities.
Early Childhood Services (ECS)
School authorities use the following guiding principles when working with children, as outlined in Alberta Education’s Kindergarten Program Statement:
- childhoods differ depending on social and cultural circumstances;
- children’s development is influenced but not determined by their early experiences;
- children interact and learn in a variety of contexts;
- children are co-constructors of knowledge and partners in learning;
- children are unique and active contributors to their learning;
- children construct and represent knowledge in a variety of ways;
- children are citizens and active participants in school and society;
- children are active collaborators in and users of assessment;
- children may require specialized programming and supports to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that engage them in their learning; and
- children and their families may need co-ordinated community services to meet their needs.
PWSD provides options for educational programming for children between the ages of 2½ years old and younger than 6 years of age as of September 1. Alberta Education’s ECS policy states that
children identified with disabilities/delays are eligible for up to three years of ECS programming
, depending on age, severity of the disability/delay and its impact on the child’s ability to function within an ECS environment. For information about program availability, call (780) 532-8133. Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a program that not only helps prepare children for entry into Grade 1, but also provides a foundation for later success. Kindergarten provides learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate to meet the diverse needs of children and promote a positive attitude toward lifelong learning. A child whose developmental needs have been met is more likely to grow into a self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing member of society.