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Early Learning Program Screening

Changes to the Program:

Three years ago Alberta Education changed their funding and program mandate for Pre-Kindergarten programming for children ages 3 years 8 months to five years of age.  During the transition period, Westwind has tried to maintain consistency for children and families. However, with increasing student needs and reduced funding, our Early Learning Program (previously known as Preschool) must be adapted. Students will now be admitted into the program based on need first, as identified through a screening and assessment process.  Community Play Partners (children without identified needs) will then be invited if space and staffing are sufficient to support additional children.  This will be determined from year to year in later September after priority placements have been completed.

The purpose of the program will be to prepare children who would not otherwise be prepared for kindergarten. Early Learning programming will support children by providing hands-on, play based, developmentally appropriate activities where children can engage with peers and develop in areas that include: social/emotional skills, cognitive skills, physical/motor skills and speech/language. 

Booking a Screening Appointment:

If you feel your child has any delays in the skills described above, please book a screening appointment. If you are unsure, we encourage you to book a screening. This form will is now open. We will call you within 2 weeks to set up the screening appointment. We will inform you after the screen if your child qualifies for the program. 

Westwind will offer two different Early Learning Programs by age groups as defined by Alberta Education:

  • Children who turn 3 years old by Dec. 31 of the current school year (this program is for children with severe delays only)

Children who turn 4 years old by Dec. 31 of the current school year (this is for children with mild/moderate and/or severe delays and include delays in speech/language, behavior or have a current medical or physical diagnosis).

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