Pre-Kindergarten provides programing in a play based, language enriched environment for children with mild, moderate and severe delays, children with English as a second language and or children who identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit. Programming is available for children who meet criteria for PUF funding (severe delays) from 2 years and 8 months. Children accessing Mild/Moderate, ESL or FNMI funding must be 3 1/2 years of age by September 1. All children transition into their community Kindergartens when they are of age.
Each classroom includes a team of professionals consisting of a teacher, educational assistants and consultants (Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Family Resource Coordinators). Programing will focus on communication, fine motor, gross motor, social and emotional skills in preparation for Kindergarten.
This program is designed to address the needs of students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A range of abilities and challenges fall under this program but most apparent are the difficulties these students may have with behaviour and/or communications skills. This program provides a level of expertise that allows us to support all students who are experiencing behavioural and communication difficulties.
Our Interactions classrooms typically provide a higher ratio of adults to students (approximately 1 adult to 3 students). Students are able to benefit from more one on one targeted support. Students in our program will be included in regular classes whenever it makes academic and social sense for them to be there provided it enhances the opportunities for learning for all. Parents are active members of the learning team. An Individual Program Plan is developed with the learning team each year. At this time, we have a division one classroom for students grades 1-3.