Administrative Procedure 210

Early Childhood Services


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


  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 Division 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 Funding Grant;
    2. Severely disabled children not enrolled in a Program Unit Funding Grant
    3. Mildly or moderately disabled children;
    4. Disadvantaged children; and
    5. Regular needs children, including those considered immature.
  9. Each mildly, moderately, severely disabled child will be served through an individualized program plan.
  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.
  13. A child will be enrolled in a Kindergarten Program.
    1. Whose age on September 1 in the program in which the child is attending is,
      1. 4 years and 8 months for a regular program, or
      2. 5 years and 8 months for a developmentally immature child.


March 22, 1989


December 30, 2021


Section 1, 3, 21, 52, 53, 222 Education Act
Early Childhood Services Regulation 87/2019
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 200 Organization for Instruction

AP 210 Appendix Ages Funding Eligibility in ECS Programs

AP 360 Student Assessment Evaluation and Reporting

AP 430 Role of the Principal