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What is a StrongStart Centre?

StrongStart Programs provide opportunities for early learning through play in an environment carefully designed to encourage exploration and discovery. Qualified Early Childhood Educators provide a variety of activities designed to encourage children on their learning path alongside their parents and caregivers before they enter school.

StrongStart is a free program for 0-5 (pre-Kindergarten), with their parents/grandparents/caregivers to attend. Parents and Caregivers are expected to be actively involved and engaged with their child during the StrongStart visit, so that there is optimum child development and shared learning. StrongStart supports the development of young children consistent with the goals of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework.

StrongStart Information

A Drop in opportunity for 0-5 (year olds- Pre-K) with their parents/caregivers.  Drop in, stay as long as you want to participate with your child during the open time. Registration information is below. 

StrongStart Programs Open September 13 (Lochside & Brentwood), September 18 (Sidney) to June 23, and follow school closures through the year, with the additional following closures:

  • Lochside StrongStart- October 12,  November 15,
  • Brentwood StrongStart - October 4, 24,  November 28, December 1.


Brentwood Elementary

Monday / Wednesday / Thursday 8:30 – 1130 am
Tuesday / Friday 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Outside Entrance is on Wallace Drive - right side close to portable. 

Lochside Elementary

Monday / Wednesday / Thursday 12:45 – 3:45 pm
Tuesday / Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Outside Entrance is on left front of school.

Sidney Elementary

Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Outside Entrance off of Henry in the courtyard.


StrongStart Registration

Please note all registrations are electronic.  You will need a valid personal email address. All documents must be included and are uploaded online securely.  A separate submission is required for each child.

Before you begin, you will need all of the following:

  1. Valid email address 
  2. Proof of Vitas Statistics Document (Birth Certificate) or valid Passport or Status Card or Identification issued by Immigration Canada 
  3. Student’s health card 

Your child’s initial registration into a StrongStart BC program will also mark the beginning of their educational record in B.C. and they will receive a Personal Education Number (PEN). 

Once the registration package is received you may attend StrongStart. 

Questions? Feel free to contact us at



Maire Walker

PVP Early Learning & Childcare

c/o Carolynn Ablitt, District Secretary