Early Learning

The early years (from birth to age 8) are a critically important time in human development. Research tells us that these years set the foundation for lifelong learning. Our early learning philosophies are supported and guided by the British Columbia Early Learning Framework. To support families with children ages 0 to 5 years old, SD62 is happy to offer various free programs such as Strong Start, Ready, Set, Learn and Ready, Set, Read.

Sooke Family Resource Society Links:

Early Learning Programs
Parent & Child Drop-In Programs
Child Care Resource and Referral

Strong Start BC 

How to Register

To register, please stop into the school office. The following is required:

  1. Before entering the school, please complete the online Daily Health Check. Stay home if unwell.
  2. Parents and caregivers must wear a face mask and be registered for this school year.
  3. Participants must bring their child’s birth certificate or passport to pre-register for this free drop-in program.  Space is limited each day. 

Questions? Send us an email

What is Strong Start BC?
Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages. Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art. This is a free program for families that helps prepare children for success in Kindergarten. 

Where is Strong StartBC offered?

*If you cannot make your booking, please cancel at your earliest convenience using the booking link, up to 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Colwood Elementary - Book now

  • Monday-Friday 12:15–2 p.m. (indoors)

3000 Wishart Road, Victoria, BC V9C 1P4
(250) 478-2332

Hans Helgesen Elementary - Book now

  • Tuesday 9–11:30 a.m. (outdoors, please meet at playground)
  • Wednesday 12:30 – 3 p.m. (outdoors, please dress for the weather)
    • Monthly rotating locations as follows:
      • 1st Wednesday of the month - Witty's Lagoon
      • Week 2 - Royal Bay Park
      • Week 3 - Honeycrisp Park
      • Week 4 - Juan de Fuca Park

4983 Rocky Point Road. Victoria, BC V9C 4G4
(250) 478-3431

John Muir Elementary - Book now

  • Monday & Thursday 9 –11:30 a.m. (indoors)
  • Wednesday & Friday 9 –11:30 a.m. (outdoors)
  • Tuesday 12:30 –3:30 p.m. (outdoors)

7179 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0R7
(250) 642-5427

Ruth King Elementary - Book now

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:45–11:15 a.m. (indoors)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 8:45 – 11:15 a.m. (outdoors – Centennial Park on Carlow Road)

2764 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 3X6
(250) 478-8368

Millstream Elementary - Book now

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:45 –11 a.m. (indoors)
  • Thursday 8:45 –11 a.m. (indoors)
  • Friday 8:45 –11 a.m. (outdoors - meet at Goldie Park)

626 Hoylake Road, Victoria, BC V9B 3P7
(250) 478-8348

Willway Elementary - Book now

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9–11:30 a.m. (indoors)
  • Tuesday 9–11:30 a.m. (outdoors)

2939 Mt. Wells Drive, Victoria, BC V9B 4T4
(250) 478-1213

Port Renfrew Elementary - no booking

  • Fridays 12 noon – 3 p.m.

6633 Deering Road, Port Renfrew, BC V0S 1K0
(250) 647-5577

Ready, Set, Read!

This is an evening program for children birth through 5 years old. Facilitated by Strong Start coordinators, this event is a fun and free evening for children and their families.

Play games, enjoy snacks and listen to a few delightful stories and songs. Running shoes suggested, wear pajamas if you like!

This great event is offered at each elementary school in SD62.  Stay tuned for the schedule of events and more details.

Questions? Send us an email.