Early Childhood Services Program
The Early Childhood Services Program supports children ages 2 years 8 months to 5 years of age (must be 3 years by December 31) with significant challenges in core developmental areas. Individualized programming is delivered in high quality Early Childhood settings. These include:
- Early Education Classrooms.
- Partner playschools within the Parkland School Division community.
- Kindergarten classes within Parkland School Division.
Each Early Childhood Services Program has a team of professionals dedicated to meet the individual needs of all children. Embedded programming is provided through therapy staff as required. This team consists of:
Early Education Classrooms
Early Education classrooms provide extensive play-based programming, enriched with specialized supports embedded through the play, for children with severe special needs, four mornings or afternoons a week within play-based settings. Teams work collaboratively to meet the individual needs of each child within an inclusive environment. Each classroom includes a mix of children from the community as Play Partners. Family oriented program Sessions are provided regularly at the schools, communities or in homes to further support families in meeting their children's needs within the home and community. Families can choose from a wide arrange of options every year.
Community Children play an integral part within the Early Education classroom. While enjoying the benefits of play-based programming, Community Children are role models to their peers. Community Children must be 3 years of age as of September 1st of the current school year. Application forms can be picked up in person, or downloaded below. A fee is required to participate as a Play Partner. Please drop off all application forms at École Broxton Park School.
Play Partner Application Form
Community Playschool Programs
Early Childhood Services programming is delivered to children with severe special needs through community playschools. Currently, learning teams support children in community playschools in Spruce Grove and in rural communities. Early Childhood Services works collaboratively with community playschools to deliver high quality early childhood programming, while supporting the individual needs of the child through best practices. Community playschools must contact our Early Childhood Services Supervisor to be considered for this unique partnership.
Community Kindergarten Programs
The Early Childhood Services Program supports all Kindergarten classrooms within Parkland School Division. Kindergarten teachers are supported by multi-disciplinary teams in the work that they do with children with severe special needs. Working collaboratively with the Kindergarten team, the Early Childhood Services Team models and supports the implementation of strategies to support individual needs within an inclusive environment.
How do Children Enter the Program?
The Early Childhood Services Program benefits children with identified needs in the areas of speech-language development, fine and gross motor, social-emotional/behavioral challenges, and/or a medical diagnosis.
Eligibility is determined by Alberta Education based on information provided by a Family Physician/Developmental Pediatrician, Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational/ Physical Therapist and/or a Registered Psychologist.
Families are encouraged to contact the program coordinators at École Broxton Park School in Spruce Grove with questions regarding eligibility and program placements.
Principles of the Early Childhood Services Program
- All children are part of one proactive and responsive educational system - PSD70.
- Parents are the child's first teachers and our partners in programming.
- Programming is developmentally appropriate and based on best practice in Early Childhood Education. Learning opportunities are embedded in daily activities.
- Programming occurs in the natural environments of the child - at home, in the community and in the school.
- Each child has an individual program plan (IPP) developed by the learning team including parents, educator(s), and other professional staff as appropriate to the child's specific needs.
- Evidence based instruction and interventions complement Early Childhood Education.
- Communication and collaboration facilitate supportive transitions into school-age programming.
For more information contact:
École Broxton Park School
Phone: 780-962-0212 Ext. 251