Education Minister Expects Pre-Primary To Be Fully Staffed By End Of September

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 13:00 PM

The province is preparing to roll out their pre-primary program.

Work is underway to open 50 classrooms in 43 locations to four year-olds across Nova Scotia by the end of the month.

According to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, almost all the staff required across the province have been hired.

Education Minister Zach Churchill is also MLA for Yarmouth where the Tri-County School Board has filled all their positions and are preparing to launch the program September 25.

Churchill says demand is so high in some areas they will be increasing the number of programs they offer.

"School board partners, across the board, have worked very diligently to ensure that we execute on this commitment to Nova Scotians that we've made. I've been very impressed with the work that they've been doing and very thankful for it."

The Minister says he's also heard concerns from private daycares about the loss of business as a result of the new pre-primary program.

He says talks are underway with the federal government about increasing funding for private child care.  

"We are also subsidizing that sector to the tune of about $50 million dollars a year. That's going to continue. We want to consult with them, and identify if there are new dollars on the table, where should that go."

Churchill says consultations will be held with private sector daycares in the fall to help them adjust to the changes.