Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. The authors (various) recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.
Find policies, procedural manuals and useful resources on topics including: Safety, Staffing, Inclusion, and more. Have great resources to share? Let us know!
The Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. It is meant to guide and inspire actions that all Canadians can take to connect a new generation with Nature. The Playbook was developed by an intergenerational working group from all across Canada. Today, this group and Canadian Parks Council work with a growing network of partners—including individuals, government, and NGOs.
York Region Public Health has recently released a short physical literacy video and a social media campaign targeting parents and adult caregivers of children and youth. The video and campaign highlight the importance of children and youth becoming physically literate. Links to additional Physical Literacy resources are also included.
These US-based resources provide strategies and guidelines for the elementary school recess time. Strategies for Recess in Schools —Evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to increase physical activity participation and improve academic achievement (e.g., performance, behaviorattention). Recess Planning in Schools —Helps schools put the Strategies for Recess in Schools into practice when developing a written school recess plan. Recess Planning Template —Provides a customizable template for schools to use when developing their school...
The purpose of this guide is to provide your agency with real-life examples, best practices and steps to help you implement a wellness policy and create sustainable changes at your site. A wellness policy is a written document made up of several policies and language that outline an agency’s dedication to children’s health and wellness. Some programs use policies to define the types of foods that can or can’t be consumed on premises, while others may set the requirement for minimum number of physical activity minutes during program hours. Many policies also focus on staff wellness to...
Adults and children talking to each other during mealtimes has been shown to improve children’s health and learning at school. This tip sheet provides tips for dinner conversations, and sample conversation starters.
This tool explains how to choose foods and beverages that fit the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education’s nutrition standards for Saskatchewan Schools found within Nourishing Minds: Towards Comprehensive School Community Health: Nutrition Policy Development in Saskatchewan Schools. Use this tool to help select foods and beverages to be served or sold in schools.
Ten Trans Canada Trail Lesson Plans include detailed outlines for teachers, along with handouts for students. All lessons allow Junior division students to meet Ontario Ministry of Education expectations in a variety of subjects—Science, social studies, language arts, visual arts, and physical education. Not all lessons call for a field trip, but all connect in some way to the Trail; many combine classroom activity with Trail activity. Planning tips are also provided.
While the benefits of physical activity are numerous, the knowledge of how to provide opportunities for all children to experience the joy of movement is not as widespread. This hands-on workshop teaches methods for creating inclusive physical activity opportunities for every ability level and provides strategies on how to create games for children with varying physical capabilities. Presentation from the 2016 Alberta Youth Development Through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium
Webinar, 44 minutes. This webinar highlights physical literacy resources that leaders in the after school environment find most useful for embedding physical literacy in their programs. An overview of the go-to guide for physical literacy resources, the Physical Literacy Learning Lab, is also provided.
Saskatchewan in motion's Active Toy Guide features a variety of toys, for all age groups to get more kids, more active, more often. Categories include Active Stocking Stuffers, Active Classics, Active Toys, Active Electronic Toys, Active Outdoor Toys, as well as links to help your kids get the recommended daily physical activity.
The After School for All! guide presents key features that contribute to successful after school programs. It highlights strategies tailored to recruit and engage children facing the greatest barriers to sport and arts participation. These barriers may be related to socio-economic, geographical, cultural, social, or emotional factors. The purpose is to share what has been learned through BC's After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) over the past several years about designing and delivering programs that remove barriers and promote participation for all.
The Kids’ Run Club, brought to you by Ontario Doctors, is a free downloadable program that supports children and youth (Grades 1-12) to get active, have fun – and run! The Kids’ Run Club is for all abilities - prior running experience is not required of coaches or students. Easy-to-use materials, including a Coach’s Guide and Participant’s Guide, provide information to lead a successful run club that builds skills and supports students in setting and fulfilling goals, including participating in a fun run. To help motivate and encourage students, the program includes swag items to give out as...
This report compares, for the first time, the grades from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, to grades from 37 other countries across six continents. The consolidated findings show Canada has above-globalaverage grades in physical activity infrastructure and programs, yet is trailing at the back of the pack in grades that measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The comparisons also reveal kids move the most in countries where being active is a priority or is an integral part of their everyday lifestyle. “Urbanization, mechanization and an...
Community Activities from Around the World is a multicultural toolkit that offers ideas and strategies for building inclusive sports, culture and recreation programs at the community level in Saskatoon.
Naturalized Outdoor Play Areas at Schools to Support Physical Activity and Health—A Rapid Evidence Review
This rapid evidence review looks at how school ground greening, also referred to as naturalization, impacts the health of elementary school students, particularly from a play and physical activity perspective. Five themes emerged: Physical Activity Quality – Intensity and Duration; Diversity and Quality of Play; Age and Gender Variations; Interest, Ability and Inclusiveness; Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Literacy. Additional benefits were also captured and the report includes recommendations and resources for schools.
2016 Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines: Curricular, Interschool and Intramural - includes free app
The Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines, managed by Ophea, are updated annually and represent the minimum standards for risk management practice for school boards. They focus the attention of teachers, intramural supervisors and coaches on safe practices, in every activity, in order to minimize the element of risk. The Safety Guidelines include concussion protocols to help prevent and identify suspected concussions and manage a student’s safe return to learning and physical activity. The Safety Guidelines are divided into Elementary and Secondary levels, each containing three...
Vol. 20 of the Learning Team newsletter is all about Physical Literacy, including general articles, ideas for eductors and families, and activities such as a nature scavenger hunt.
Video, 5-1/2 minutes. This video looks at how to conduct an in-program evaluation of physical activity through observation to assess and measure the experiences of participants in a program.
The HIGH FIVE® Quality Experience Scanning Tool (QUEST 2) was developed by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) in consultation with experts. The QUEST 2 Tool is designed to be used as part of a comprehensive holistic approach that enables service providers to achieve continuous quality improvement over time. It is a scientifically validated tool is used to review, measure and evaluate the extent to which children programs support healthy child development for children aged 6 to 12. To be able to utilize this Tool, in-person training in HIGH FIVE® QUEST 2 is required. This one-day course helps...