Pre-Kindergarten Program

“Children’s life-long health, well-being, learning and behaviour are strongly connected to their early childhood experiences.” -Alberta’s Early Learning & Care Framework

Program Description

Rocky View Schools is committed to providing exceptional early childhood programming within a welcoming and inclusive environment. Our Pre-Kindergarten Program offers a child-centered, play based approach that aims to provide engaging experiences that reflect the developmental needs of all children. In partnership with families, learning is designed to nurture the whole child within an accessible, engaging, and supportive environment.

Early Intervention

RVS recognizes the importance of early intervention for children who require additional supports and services to grow and thrive. Children with developmental, medical, or social-emotional needs may receive services from the Learning Supports team of professionals (e.g., Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Family-School Liaison). The teacher, along with members of this team, will work together with the family to create an individualized plan that will support each child’s growth and development within the classroom setting.


RVS values play and acknowledges its vital role in overall healthy development. In our program, children have the opportunity to interact with others and explore their interests through play in ways that are interesting and engaging for them. It is through play that children learn, practice, and apply new skills, thereby laying a strong foundation for later learning.

Through a play-based approach, the following skills are fostered:


  • Language development (listening, following directions, asking and answering questions, sharing thoughts and ideas/conversation skills, vocabulary development)
  • Imagination/creative expression
  • Reasoning/independent problem-solving


  • Cooperation, sharing, and turn taking
  • Compromise/negotiation
  • Reciprocal conversation
  • Self-regulation


  • Identification and management of emotions
  • Empathy
  • Self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Flexibility (e.g. trying new things)
  • Sense of belonging


  • Large and small muscle groups (fine and gross motor development)

Families as Partners

Parents/guardians are their child’s first teacher and play an integral role in their education. In the RVS Pre-Kindergarten Program, parents/guardians are valued members of the team. Collaboration between the home and school is encouraged with the goal of establishing consistency across environments and supporting children and families.


Children between the ages of two years, eight months and four years, eight months on Sept. 1 of the application year are eligible for the RVS Pre-Kindergarten Program.


The programs are located in Chestermere, Airdrie and Cochrane.

How to Apply

Applications are now available for the 2021/22 school year and will remain open until programs are filled.

  • Parents/guardians with children currently attending RVS can log in to their current SchoolEngage account to access applications.
  • Parents/guardians who are new to RVS must create an account via SchoolEngage.

For more information or assistance with online applications, contact RVS' Early Childhood Services Team at 403.945.4022 or email.

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