Early Childhood Services

 

Elves is proud to be a Designated Special Education Program (DSEP) accredited by Alberta Education.

We are an independent school creating individualized program plans for each learner to ensure their education is tailored to their abilities, and provides success in learning and life.  With over 40 years experience, our multidisciplinary team of experts are all on site to engage learners in their educational development.

Elves serves over 140 ECS learners across three locations in Edmonton, Alberta:

  • Elves Child Development Centre -10825-142 Street
    • 9:30 am to 2:30 pm instructional hours
    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AM Class) 12:15 am to 3:10 pm (PM Class) instructional hours
  • Elves Adult & Youth Centre – 10419-159 Street
    • 9:00 am to 2:15 pm instructional hours
    • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AM Class) 12:15 am to 3:10 pm (PM Class) instructional hours
  • Elves Early Education (Scouts Satellite) – 14205 109 Ave NW
    • 9:30 am to 2:30 pm instructional hours

Admission Criteria

 Elves’ Early Childhood Services are for learners who:
  • Are between the ages of 2.5 to 6.
  • Eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF), or mild/moderate funding.
  • Have one severe developmental delay, or two moderate delays, in the following areas:
    • Severe speech and language.
    • Severe emotional or behavioural disability.
    • Severe physical, cognitive, or medical delays (including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and FASD)
    • Visual and hearing impairments.
    • Gross and fine motor skills.

Why Choose Elves? 

Within Elves, complex tasks are broken down into small steps and repeatedly presented to the learners with positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviours. These procedures are applied and embedded within a developmental play-based curriculum.We provide small classrooms sizes with high staff ratios across all three of our facilities.
 
Learners are also placed into classroom groupings based on developmental levels, and abilities. Each facilities also provides a secure and safe environment where learners enjoy enclosed playground spaces and an accessible gym. Additionally, Elves offers Preschool and Kindergarten with instructional hours based on age. Everything we do is individualized to each learner and implemented in partnership with families and Elves’ staff.

Furthermore, Elves is provides programming that optimizes communication, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional regulation, classroom skillOnsites, early literacy, and numeracy. We serve all ability levels while specializing in Early Childhood Services for learners with speech delays, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

What Would a School Day Look Like?

Thinking about enrolling your child at Elves, but want to know more about what their day will look like? Check out an ECS School Day.

Family Support Network

Daily communication takes place between home and school through phone calls and communication books. Additionally, home visits are scheduled with parents/caregivers so staff can provide tools to foster growth and development in all facets of life. This gives parents/caregivers the chance to ask questions one-on-one and allow staff to learn more about their child within the home environment.

Parents/caregivers are given opportunities to attend Family Oriented Programming Sessions (FOPs) which offers information on supports such as toilet training, picky eaters, positive behavioural support, sleep concerns, and transition to Grade 1.

Families are also provided access to community resources, referrals, and invited to attend weeknight support groups depending on their needs.

Onsite Services 

  • Physiatry
  • Home Nutritional Support
  • Pediatric Developmental Outreach Services (PDOS)
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Triple P Parenting Program
  • Elves’ Summer Respite Program offered in July and funded by Edmonton Regional Disabilities Services (ERDS)

External Referrals 

  • Glenrose Pre-school Assessment Program (PAS)
  • Glenrose Pre-school and Learning Intervention program (PLAI)
  • Children and Adolescent Services Association (CASA)
  • Feeding and Swallowing Assessment Clinics
  • Glenrose Seating Clinics

Transportation Services

Transportation opportunities may be available to and from school. This will be determined once your child is enrolled in our program through the Student Services Coordinator. Transportation is provided either by one of our partners such as First Student, Yellow Cab, or the Elves’ Bus.

Environment Designed for Learning and Growth

In order to foster our young learner’s growth, Elves wants to ensure they have all the tools in their grasp. Therefore, equipment such as walkers, standing frames, beds,  and augmentative communication devices are always available to them. Each learner is educated within a specialized classroom setting while also having opportunities to use items such as switches, Alphasmart Neos keyboards, computers, and a SMART Board. 

Additionally, classrooms are designed around the ages and abilities of the learners. For example, you may step into one classroom filled with brightly colours, toys, and tables adorned with crafts. However, another room specially designated for learners with Autism may have white walls, a basket swing attached to the ceiling, sensory bins, and an egg chair for learners to self soothe. 

Elves Team

  • Principal
  • Special Needs Coordinator/Assistant Principal
  • Certified Teachers
  • Educational Assistants
  • Early Education, Special Needs, and Proactive Behavioural Consultation
  • Speech and Language Pathologists and Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • PT/OT Assistants
  • Family Support Workers
  • Nursing

Calendar

ECS – Half Day (475 hours)

ECS – Monday-Thursday (600 hours)

ECS – Monday-Friday (800 hours)

Contact Elves

To learn more, discuss enrollment, or to set up a tour please contact us as follows:

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