Welcome to Kindergarten

In the spring of each school year, all WVS elementary schools host the nationally acclaimed ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ (WTK) program for registered four/five year old children and their parents. This program focuses on welcoming our new Kindergarten students to our public elementary schools as they work with their parents and new teachers in a fun filled, interactive family orientation session.

The mission statement of the Welcome to Kindergarten program is as follows;

To provide pre-school children and their families with the resources and experiences to begin formal education with a foundation in early learning that is nurtured within the home.

At this orientation workshop, Kindergarten teachers, Resource teachers and other school staff provide parents and their newly registered Kindergarten children with early literacy resources through hands-on learning activities and demonstrate for parents’ strategies and activities to use the resources at home. Each child leaves with a better understanding of their upcoming Kindergarten experience plus a delightful Welcome to Kindergarten resource bag filled with activities to continue the learning at home with their families.

For more information on WVS Welcome to Kindergarten program, please visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca or directly contact your child’s school. Click here for school contact information.

Ready, Set, Learn

At West Vancouver Schools, we value the important role that families have in teaching their young children. To assist families in our community as they move towards the school years, our early learning team works with community partners in West Vancouver to offer the BC Ministry of Education Ready, Set, Learn program.

Please check back later this fall for events on Bowen Island and in West Vancouver.

For more information on Ready, Set, Learn, contact Sandra-Lynn Shortall sshortall@wvschools.ca or visit: www.bced.gov.bc.ca.


StrongStart BC Early Learning programs provide school-based Early Learning services for adults and their young children, aged birth to five, at no cost to families. Both children and adults can benefit from StrongStart BC Early Learning programs – children have access to high-quality learning environments and benefit from social interactions while the adults who accompany them learn new ways to support learning, both at the program and at home.

The West Vancouver School’s StrongStart sites are located at Hollyburn Elementary, Eagle Harbour Montessori and Chartwell Elementary School. For more information on hours of operation and specific details, please contact;

1329 Duchess Avenue
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1H5
T: (604) 981 1220
F: (604) 981 1221

5575 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7W 2R4
T: (604) 981 1380
F: (604) 981 1381

Chartwell Elementary School – Portable
1330 Chartwell Drive
West Vancouver, BC
T: (604) 981 1095

For more information on the British Columbia Ministry of Education StrongStart program please visit: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca »

Helpful documents:

WVS StrongStart year end letter to families

WVS StrongStart BC Registration Form

Media, digital media and video release – parental consent form

West Vancouver Child and Family Hub

WVS is a proud partner of the West Vancouver Child and Family Hub located at the Community Centre Civic Site.

The West Vancouver Child and Family Hub is ‘collaborative, community based, co-located programs and services that promote the healthy development and well being of families and young children in West Vancouver’. The Hub offers a range of services including;

  • Child Care
  • Early Learning
  • Health & Wellness Services
  • Recreation
  • Family Support Programs

WVS works closely with our community partners – Vancouver Coastal Health, Non-profit service providers, West Vancouver Memorial Library, the District and City of West Vancouver and community members to ensure that services to children 0-5 years are coordinated. The West Vancouver Family Place Society is an integral part of our Hub, working together to ensure that services to families with children 0-5 are met through this family resource centre. For more information on services provided by the West Vancouver Child and Family Hub, please contact Laura Lee Kent, Child Care Hub Coordinator at llkent@westvancouver.ca or visit www.westvancouver.ca.

Properties Family Hub Society (PFHS)

WVS has worked together with community partners to bring a range of multi-generational programming to residents in the British Properties area.

Properties Family hub Society (PFHS) is located at Chartwell Elementary school and offers a range of recreational, language and community programming for all age groups, along with an onsite pre-school. Independent non-profit service providers operate through the centre from across the North Shore in cooperation with the West Vancouver School District. The goal of the PFHS is to contribute to positive human and economic development by offering multi-generational, flexible community health and education programs for families, seniors, singles and children residing in and near the British Properties. The Hub programs are intended to create meaningful connections among local residents to foster.

For more information, including flyers in English, Persian and Mandarin, please visit the Properties Family Hub page or contact District Early Learning Principal, Sandra-Lynn Shortall.

 The Value of Play

Playmaking brings children a greater awareness and understanding of the world in which they live. Sutton-Smith (1971) describes play as an inquiry process that consists of four ways of knowing:

i. Exploration
ii. Testing
iii. Imitation
iv. Construction

When children play, they construct an understanding of what the world means for them in their own cultural milieu, using these four ways, together or individually, to create their knowledge base.

(Exert: Ready to Learn: Using Play to Build Literacy Skills in Young Learners, Anne Burke, 2010)

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