Grandir en français

In September 2018, the Pre-Primary program (Grandir en français) will be offered in a new format. As announced by the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), the Pre-Primary program will be offered free of charge to children who will be 4 years old before December 31, 2018. We will continue our partnership with the CSAP to offer the program. The program will be offer from 8 am to 2 pm and there will be an option for before and after school services.

Please complete the attached registration form as soon as possible. The form can be sent by email to or dropped off at one of our locations.

We will confirm the centre where your child will be registered at a later date, once we have determined the demand for the program at each centre.

You can find more information at

Please return :

  1. Registration form
  2. F225b – Declaration from an entitled parent or  F225c – Declaration from a non-entitled parent.

If you have questions in regards to the preprimary program, you can contact us at

Merci et bonne journée,

Jane Williamson, Directrice générale

CPE Le Petit Voilier

Grandir en Français FAQs

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.


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.


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?

For the time being, the bus service will not be available.  Families will 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?

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?

You must communicate with the Executive Director Jane Williamson, by email

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