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 providing success in learning and life. With over 45 years’ experience, our multidisciplinary team of experts are all on site to engage learners in their educational development.
Elves serves up to 165 ECS learners across three locations in Edmonton, Alberta:
Furthermore, Elves provides programming that optimizes communication, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional regulation, classroom skills onsite, 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.
Daily communication takes place between home and school through phone calls and communication books. As well, 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 offer information on supports such as toilet training, picky eaters, positive behavioural supports, sleep concerns, and transition to Grade One.
Families are also provided access to community resources and referrals, and are invited to attend weeknight support groups depending on their needs.
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 by one of our partners such as First Student, Yellow Cab, or Elves’ bus.
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.
Classrooms are designed around the ages and abilities of learners. For example, you may step into one classroom filled with bright colours, toys, and tables adorned with crafts. 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.
To learn more, discuss enrollment, or to set up a tour please contact us as follows:
Phones at Elves Child Development Centre are temporarily out of order. We will update this notification once the system has been restored. Please contact Nicole Quildon, Principal at 780.920.8764 or Keira Peyton, Special Education Supports, at 780.913.0616 should you require immediate assistance. Thank you!
First day of classes for School Program students is August 30, 2018.
First day of classes for 800 hour ECS children is September 4, 2018.
First day of classes for 475 hour ECS children is September 6, 2018.
First day of classes for 600 hour ECS children is September 10, 2018.