Early Learning
​The Early Years, from birth to age 8, set the foundation for lifelong learning. 
 
In SECPSD, we offer a variety of supports for children and families before formal schooling begins (Kidsfirst programs, Early Learning programs, Prekindergarten programs, Welcome to SECPSD events) that recognize the family as the child's first and best teacher.
 
Our Kindergarten programs support a positive and healthy transition to formal schooling through purposeful, play-based instruction that is developmentally appropriate and that fosters the development of the whole child.
 
Early intervention is the key to school success.  Across the province, all Kindergarten teachers use the Early Years Evaluation (EYE) to assess school readiness of children in the Fall, once they have entered Kindergarten.  Interventions can then be quickly put into place, early in the Kindergarten year, for those students who may need extra help getting ready to read in grades one and two. Follow this link to more information about the EYE.
 
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Notes
Brain Development.pdf
  
Motor Development.pdf
  
Playing Outdoors.doc
  
Sensory and Cognitive Development.pdf
  
Speech and Language Development.pdf
  
The Importance of Play.pdf
  
The Importance of Playing Games with Your Preschooler.doc
  
Toys for Toddlers.doc
  
Here are some ideas for choosing toys that will grow with children, challenge, and nurture children’s overall development (thinking, physical, language and social-emotional skills).