Pre-primary

The enrollment process for the Nova Scotia Pre-Primary Program – Grandir en français for the Central Region:

For those looking to enroll their child at École Beaubassin (54 Larry Uteck site or 1326 Bedford Hwy site), registrations must be sent to the CSAP Central Region office at the following address: gf@csap.ca   or submitted directly to École Beaubassin (which then will forward them to the CSAP central office). Registrations will be processed every two weeks. Following this, you will receive confirmation of your registration / eligibility as well as the site (École Beaubassin or Bedford Hwy) to which your child has been assigned. Note that children who have a brother and / or sister at École Beaubassin will have a priority for a space at the École Beaubassin site, on a first-come, first served basis. A limited number of spaces will be available.

For those looking to enroll their child in Bois-Joli school, Grand-Portage, Beaux-Marais, or Mer et Monde, enrollment will be done at the school directly.

CPE Le Petit Voilier will continue its partnership with the CSAP, to offer a before / after pre-school program for the following centers: Beaubassin, Bedford, Grand-Portage and Bois-Joli (Pavillon).

How to register your child. 
You can register your child at any time by:

1. Filling the registration form 501 Form  or the English version 501a ENG .
2. Filling one of the following forms:
a)  501b form  if you are an entitled parent who wishes to register their child in a French first language program.
b) If you are a non-entitled parent, but you still want to enroll your child in a French first language program, you must complete the 501c form  or its English version – 501C ENG .
3. Providing the child birth’s certificate. If you do not currently have your child’s birth certificate, and he/she was born in Nova Scotia, you can apply by completing and returning the application form here.

Once these documents are completed, please return them to the school where you wish to register your child. Here is the map of our schools .

In brief, to register your child in the Pre-Primary Program – Grandir en français, you will need to provide :

·         CSAP Registration form (501 series)

·         Entitled or Non- entitled parent form (501 series)

·         Child Birth certificate

And if you wish to register for the program before and after pre-primary, complete the Petit Voilier registration form 

For questions about your eligibility for the Pre-Primary Program – Grandir en français, please contact the CSAP at 902-433-7045 or by email: gf@csap.ca


Grandir en Français FAQs

What are the rates of the program before & after pre-primary?

The costs per day, for the before / after pre-school program, is $ 21.75. There is no difference in price if the child attends only in the afternoon. In addition, an additional $ 14.45 will be charged to those who participate in the pedagogical days, Christmas break, spring break, etc. Please note that this full day service is only available to children who are enrolled in the before / after pre-school program.

Who can attend the Pre-Primary Program?

The Pre-primary Program « Grandir en Français » is open to all children who have reached the age of four (4) years prior to December 31st.  A child can only be registered in the Nova Scotia Pre-primary Program « Grandir en Français » for one school year.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Le Petit Voilier, an advocate for the CSAP, follows the same eligibility criteria as the Provincial Acadian School Board (CSAP) as defined by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Section 23).  There are two categories for registration eligibility:  entitled parents and non-entitled parents.

ENTITLED PARENTS

An entitled parent must be a Canadian citizen able to answer « YES » to at least one of the three points below:

a.      My first language learned and still understood is French.

b.      I received my elementary school education in Canada in a French as a first language program.

c.       One of my children was educated at the elementary or secondary level in Canada in a French as a first language program.

NON-ENTITLED PARENTS

A non-entitled parent must meet one of the following criteria:

Children of parents/guardians with Canadian citizenship, including a grandparent that speaks or spoke French in their lifetime, provided that parents/guardians agree to actively engage their child with the French language throughout their schooling.

Children of parents/guardians who are not Canadian citizens who speak, read and write French according to their grade school level of requirements, and are living in a household where French is spoken. Parents/guardians of the child will become entitled upon obtaining Canadian citizenship.

Students who participate in an international exchange program and speak, read and write French according to the requirements of his or her grade school level.

Children living with a biological parent who is not an entitled parent and who is currently living with a Canadian citizen with entitled rights (as described above).

Will there be a waiting list?

As of September 2018, the Nova Scotia Pre-Primary Program « Grandir en Français » will be available to all the children of CSAP schools that meet the age and eligibility criteria as described above.

Can my child be registered to the program if he or she requires special needs?

The Pre-Primary Program is a program that favors the integration of all children.  When they attend the Pre-Primary Program, children with special needs, will continue to have access to the same services and support system from which he or she benefited at home or within the framework of a community-based program.  Please communicate with the person in charge of the Pre-Primary Program to discuss the needs of your child before he or she begins the program, so that he or she can be successful within the framework of the Pre-Primary Program.

In which school should I register my child?

Your child must live within a school community that offers the Pre-Primary Program.

What will be the program hours?

The Pre-Primary Program will be offered from 8 am until 2 pm from Monday to Friday and following the school calendar.

Will there be a child care service before and after school?

Yes, there will be a before/after school child care service.  A cost will be associated with this service, and there will be a limited number of places available.  This service will also include care during professional development days, etc.  Additional costs will be charged for those days.

Please take note that the before/after school child care service for the 4-year-olds will not automatically continue once the child begins primary.  We have a waiting list for that service.

What will be the hours for the child care service?

The hours of service will be from 7 am to 8 am and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

The cost will be for a two-week period.

Will meals be provided?

The center will provide two daily snacks at no extra costs.

Parents will be given the choice to take the meal offered by the center (or by the cafeteria if the service is available) by paying a fee.  Otherwise, the parent will have to provide a well-balanced lunch for their child.

Will my child be able to take the bus?

Apart from service to Grand Portage, for the time being, bus service is not available.  Families have the responsibility to ensure the transport of their own child/children.

Is my child required to attend the program daily?

It is strongly encouraged that your child participated in the program in a regular way (from Monday to Friday); but this remains a family decision.

How do I register my child to the before & after pre-primary program?

You must fill-out the registration form available online. Subsequently, we will communicate with you through email to provide you with more information on the program.

Will the program follow the school calendar?

The Pre-Primary Program is available only during the school year.  It begins and ends at the same time as a school day.  There can be some exceptions.  The school board will announce these exceptions directly to the parents once their child registration has been confirmed.  The Pre-Primary Program will be closed during on-site training sessions, on professional development days, inclement weather days, holidays, and for the summer months.  If the school is closed, the Pre-Primary Program is also closed.

For children that will be registered to an after-school child care service, there will be a possibility that certain services may be offered, for example, during the Christmas break, and the week of March break.  The availability of these services will be confirmed before the program begins.

Who do I communicate with if I have questions about the program?

For questions about your eligibility for the Pre-Primary Program – Grandir en français, 
please contact the CSAP at 902-433-7045 or by email: gf@csap.ca

Will this program be regulated similarly to daycare centers?

The Nova Scotia Pre-Primary Program will follow the requirements and regulations established by the Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development.  The before/after child care program will remain regulated under the Nova Scotia standards under the Day Care Act like all our other services.

Here is the link to the Nova Scotia Pre-Primary program fact sheet