All children who attend the Early Education Centre benefit from the high quality, play-based, pre-school learning environment. Focus within the program has been placed on providing specialized services to children with severe special needs, aged 2-1/2 to 5 years; however, typically developing children attend our centre, often acting as role models to provide positive peer support. Family focus is important to us; therefore parents are considered a valuable part of our team. Our school team includes certificated teachers, teaching assistants, specialized consultants, and family wellness workers. Together we have made a great partnership in learning and achieving the best for all children and their families. The Wetaskiwin Early Education & Family Wellness Centre was formed through partnership with Central Alberta Child & Family Services, Alberta Education & Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools. Centrally located in the City of Wetaskiwin, we can provide services to all children who are eligible for P.U.F. that reside with the City or County of Wetaskiwin. Following the WRPS school calendar, the Centre offers daily classes in either the morning or afternoon. Additional outreach programming may be available for children unable to attend the Centre. Additional information on programming options and eligibility can be obtained by contacting our principal.
Ms. Lynn Hestbak
"Believing in Potential & Building Foundations for Success!"
Programs and Services
Focus has been placed on providing quality early education and intervention for children who have significant delays however, all children who attend the Early Education Program benefit from our inclusive, play based learning environment.
Our program supports the development of typical pre-school level skills with thoughtfulness to what is important to the child and family. While some children may just be developing certain skills others may be using this time to fine tune their abilities in preparation for kindergarten.
The Early Education & Family Wellness Centre provides modified home &/or community based programs to families and children who require or request an alternative approach to the Centre-based Program. Alternatives should be discussed with the Program Coordinator upon registration.
Additionally, children who ECS age eligible (5+ years) and require additional supports are encouraged to attend their local kindergarten; support services from our team will be provided to the child in their kindergarten classroom.
Family Oriented Program:
A strong home-school partnership is important to a child's progress. Family Oriented Programming is meant to provide opportunity to share information, resources, and strategies between home and school to assist in building a stronger learning foundation for the child with special needs. Visits can also be used as an opportunity for families to receive assistance in assessing service needs and become linked to appropriate community resources.
Dress For The Weather
Now that the warmer weather is here and the sun is stronger, please send a hat/cap with your child, some sunscreen and bug spray. We will be spending time outside and we would hate for a child to end up with sunburn! We are asking that you do not send your child in flip flops as it is not safe for running on the playground and we want all the children to be safe!!
Arrival & Dismissal Times
The morning class begins at 8:45 and ends at 11:45. The afternoon class begins at 12:30 and ends at 3:30. The doors will be unlocked at 8:40 and 12:25. It is difficult for young children to wait, so please do not arrive too early.
At dismissal time, staff will bring the children up to the front door. If you arrive early we ask that you wait in room 6 (the Family Room) to prevent congestion in the front hall and doorway. The front entry bench area needs to be available for those children waiting for the bus or a parent who has not yet arrived. Our population has increased substantially this year, and for everyone’s safety we appreciate you cooperation!
Parking Lot Safety:
It is very important to know that our parking area by the front door (East Side of the school) is ONE WAY TRAFFIC ONLY. You need to enter from the alley side and exit at the other end. There is one row of angle parking available. The alley parking to the north of the school is for staff only. Additional parent/visitor parking is available on the street (east and south side of the school). It is important to leave a clear entrance for the bus to pull up to the front door. This allows our children to load and unload the bus safely. There is one designated disabled parking space in front of the school for those people with the proper tag. Please make sure to hold your children’s hands to and from your vehicle when dropping off and picking up. It has been noticed that some children have been darting across the parking lot by themselves and when cars are driving in or backing up it is very difficult to see the children. Ensuring your child’s safety is the number one priority at all times!!
Please take note of the inclement weather brochure.
Schools will remain open in the event of inclement weather but school bus services may be suspended due to adverse road or weather conditions that jeopardize the safety of students.
Parents are not required to send their children to school if, in their judgment, weather conditions are detrimental to the safety or well-being of their children.
For further information refer to AP 132 and corresponding documents; Transportation Handbook and Inclement Weather Brochure or refer to the WRPS website.
We have several children who have immune compromised systems and can become quite ill if exposed to viruses. Please make sure to keep your child home until he/she is feeling better and call the school to let them know they will be away. Children who have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea should remain home for 24 hours after their last incident. If your child is coughing, has a runny nose or sore throat we ask that you use your judgment if he is/she is well enough to attend school. If your child is sick at school we will call you to come pick them up. Please make sure we have an updated number for you or an emergency contact .
Phone: 780-352-0224 ext. 221
If your child, or anyone your child is in regular contact with, comes down with chicken pox, measles, mumps or any other communicable illness, please contact the centre before bringing your child to school.
1) If your child rides the bus and will be away, please call and inform the bus contractor before 7:30 a.m. (780-352- 2239)
2) If your child is going to be away from school, please call 780-352-0224 to report the absence. If you call after hours, you may leave a message in the general mailbox (ext. 221).
3) If someone other than a parent will be picking your child up, please inform staff and tell the pick-up person that we will be asking to see photo identification (if it is the first time).
4) You can also use the agenda book to inform the teacher that your child will be away or if there are changes to the pick-up routine.
If your child is a bus student you must call the bus driver to let him/her know that your child will not be on the bus. Please inform them if you are dropping off or picking up your child from the centre as well, or if there is a change in location.
You can also use the agenda book to inform the teacher that your child will be away or if there are changes to the pick-up routine.
Bus Phone: 780-352-2239
Please check our website or the School Division website for Bus routes & cancellations.
There is also a bus app for IPhone and Android click on links to download.