Posted at 10:36 am on September 7, 2017

The province’s new pre-primary program has received its fair share of criticism from the public since being introduced earlier this year, but the Strait Regional School Board is moving ahead smoothly. During last evenings board meeting, an update on hiring and enrollment in the SRSB was provided by Superintendent Ford Rice.
Rice says that all but two schools have a lead childhood educator hired, with those positions expected to be filled by Monday. Rice says that the timetable to fill the positions was tight, but overall, handled well within the board:
Rice says that 20% of the pre-primary programs offered in the province come from within the SRSB, and many of the new sites are showing positive numbers enrollment wise. Rice says overall, the numbers align nicely with grade primary enrollment within the area as well.

Posted at 7:48 am on August 23, 2017

Both of Nova Scotia’s opposition parties criticized the Liberal government’s newly promised pre-primary program for four year olds, set to begin at the end of September. Lack of information and low applications have NDP and Progressive Conservatives thinking that further consultation is needed to ensure the program is ready.
One of the critics is Pictou East MLA Tim Houston with the Progressive Conservatives. Houston sees this program as being another flash in the pan for a Liberal government that makes too many rash decisions:
The program is to be introduced across the province over the next four years, at a cost of nearly 50 million dollars per year.

Posted at 9:53 am on August 17, 2017

It’s still too early to know how many new positions will be hired in the Strait Regional School Board, because of the province’s new Pre-Primary Program. That’s according to school board officials, who last night said that the hiring process will depend on enrollment numbers.

Superintendent of the SRSB, Ford Rice says that each school offering the program will have one “Lead Childhood Educator”, and will hire a secondary educator based on a 10 student to 1 educator ratio. Rice says so far, the numbers look promising for this program:

As of August the 9th, Bayview Education Centre was the only school that would require to have two educators in the classroom, although other schools are close to reaching the necessary amount that would require a second.

Posted at 9:21 am on July 21, 2017

One Pictou county MLA is not impressed with the Liberals newly announced Pre-Primary Program. It was announced on Tuesday that 43 schools will house four year olds for what is being labelled as ‘play based learning’.
Pictou East MLA, Tim Houston thinks rolling out the plan for this program during the summer months is ill timed. He says the Liberals are making too many knee-jerk reactions:
Houston says that instead of fixing the problem that exists in the education system, the Province is making things worse by not putting enough thought into new programs.

Posted at 9:17 am on July 21, 2017

Nova Scotia’s new education minister thinks a move toward the province’s Pre-Primary Program is a great move for Nova Scotians. Among the benefits of the program is that it will help save families thousands of dollars in child care costs.
Minister Zach Churchill says the first year of the program will see 50 classrooms in 43 locations across Nova Scotia, with 8 in the Strait Regional School Board. Churchill says this program works well in rural areas where access to child care is hard to find:
Information about the program, eligibility, registration and where pre-primary will be available, can be found on the department’s website. Churchill says more than 400 people have registered since the program was announced on Tuesday.

Posted at 8:23 am on July 19, 2017

 The province’s new Pre-Primary Program has unveiled 43 locations across the province for classes this fall. This includes 8 schools within the Strait Regional School Board, and one within the town of New Glasgow. The program will also be offered at Ecole Beau-Port in Arichat.
Bayview, Cape Breton Highlands, Chedabucto, East Antigonish, Fanning, Felix Marchand, Inverness and St. Mary’s school’s will offer this new, free pre-primary for four-year-olds.   In Pictou County, New Glasgow Academy has been selected.
Sites were selected based on greatest need, which included if there are few to no current regulated child care options, and if space is available within schools. The province will continue to add pre-primary classes across the province over the next four years