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Welcome to Head Start

Welcome to Tsawout First Nation Head Start Program. The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with our programs, procedures and policies. If you would like to register your child in our Head Start Program please print, sign and return the Parent Agreement located at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to the Program Supervisor Tabita Marks as soon as possible.

Mission Statement

Our program staff recognizes children are our most valuable resource.  We provide a program rich in family and community based events that focuses upon an educational program featuring traditional language and culture, literacy, health and nutrition, social skills, and fun!



 Tsawout First Nation Head Start staff  are aware that parents and guardians are the primary teachers and caregivers of their children.  The program educators are here to support and encourage each child's positive sense of self, and the desire for life long learning. 

The educators support the parents role in planning, developing and evaluating the ad Start program.  Overall, we provide a warm, accepting, and caring environment for both children and their families.

Every child is unique and will be treated with respect and dignity and given recognition and praise for their strengths and abilities.  We focus on enhancing self-esteem by helping the children develop self-control and sensitivity toward others.  We guide children to understand their own feelings and learn appropriate ways to express them, by teaching problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

 Program Description 


Parent Participation

Parents/Guardians are required to volunteer for events, which may take place during the year; for example driving for a field trip, fundraising, baking, children and family sport day or year end graduation.

The funding our programs receive are directly influenced by the amount of parent support and participation throughout the year.

Nutritional Snacks and Lunch:

The centre will provide a nutritious morning and afternoon snack.  Growing children need protein such as eggs, fish, real meat or cheese.  We encourage whole wheat bread, raw veggies, and fruit and to include something from each of the food groups.
Please note any allergies you child(s) may have in the area of foods.

Book Bag Reading Program

Your child will receive a Head Start book bag when they begin the program.  Please be sure your child(s) brings home the book bag and returns it the following day.  The book bags are a very important part of the literacy program and we recommend that you and your child find a "Special" place to hang the book bag to prevent it from being lost or damaged.  Your child will sign out a new book every time he or she attends.


Birthdays are very special days and we would like to celebrate them.  Let us know if you want to bring in a special snack, or have the staff and children bake something.

hours of operation

Tsawout First Nations Head Start Program is open 10 months of the year from September to June, with a two-month summer closure of July and August.  We are closed for two weeks over the Christmas holidays and for two weeks over the Easter and Spring Break holidays as well as all statutory holidays.  The program is open to children and families with morning programs 10 a.m. to 12 noon and afternoon program from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
We do advise that your child(s) attend at least once a week to remain familiar with the program staff, children and procedures.

unforeseen closures

Unforeseen closure may occur due to following:

  • Electrical failure
  • Water problems
  • Highly contagious disease
  • Snow

Snow Closures

The Head Start Program will close if it is unsafe for staff to drive to work.  Please listen to the local news on the radio to find out about school district closures and/or school bus cancellations.

Guidance Policy

Methods of guidance include, setting limits, clearly stating expectations, modeling appropriate behaviour and redirecting children.  If a childs behaviour requires brief removal from the group, the staff and or parent will stay in touch with the child, and then help them to become involved with the program again.

The Head Start Staff will always:

  • Establish clear, consistent and simple expectations
  • Provide opportunities for appropriate and positive behaviour through the program activities.
  • Acknowledge childs feelings
  • Offer choices that are developmentally appropriate
  •  Demonstrate respectful affection and caring to each child
  • Use modeling and give verbal direction and redirection as the main way of guiding children.


The Tsawout Head Start Program has a detailed policy manual that covers many topics including - but not limited to:

  • Child Health & Safety
  • Child Abuse
  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Medications
  • Developmental Screening
  • Referrals
  • Withdawl of Service


Download the complete Policy Guide here.pdf-icon_1.gif

Head Start Enrollment / Parent Agreement

Head Start Morning Program
Registration requirement- Child must be 0-4 years old. 

Download the Child Enrollment Form here.pdf-icon_1.gif