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The Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Evergreen and Ophea have collaborated to provide easy to understand information and free tools that support schools in fostering sun safety. Learning about sun safety and how to enjoy the outdoors in a healthy and safe way is an essential part of every child’s education. Resources include a policy guide, checklist, info sheets, poster, and more.
The MindMasters series are mental health promotion resources that help children to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness based techniques. These skills may be incorporated into existing children's services, such as therapeutic, educational and recreational services or used by parents at home. MindMasters 2 introduces children to these skills in fun and age-appropriate ways. Our goal is that with practice, children are able to use these skills on their own, in a variety of settings throughout their lifetime. Also available as a free app...
The BOSTON SCHOOLYARD INITIATIVE (BSI) was established in 1995 as a public-private partnership to transform the city’s schoolyards into dynamic centers for recreation, learning and community life. Eighteen years later, through a combined investment of $20 million, BSI has renovated 88 schoolyards and installed over 30 outdoor classrooms at schools across the district. This guide is designed to help you understand how to best use and steward your outdoor classroom. In the Nature Is a Powerful Teacher: The Educational Value of Going Outside Atlantic Monthly article, writer Julia Ryan shares...
According to a new working paper published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, after-school clubs stood out among a wide range of out of school activities as having positive benefits for young children, making the case for ongoing investment in these clubs as a way to help close the education gap.
Online webinar, 53 minutes: This webinar, delivered by Jocelyn Jarvis from Public Health Ontario (PHO), explores current evidence surrounding active play from the Public Health Ontario evidence brief Promoting active play for children 0-12: A review of community-based interventions. A specific focus is on types of interventions that were found to be effective in certain child populations. How to incorporate active play evidence when developing community-based interventions is also discussed. This webinar was presented on March 16th, 2016.
In a world where children are sedentary, over-scheduled, and less likely to play outside, Active for Life helps parents raise physically literate kids. At, parents, educators, and coaches will find fun activities, engaging articles, and free resources to get kids active, healthy and happy.
Let Them Play - Lessons in After School Program Quality Through the RBC Learn to Play Project in Kings County Nova Scotia, is part of a year-long Leadership Project undertaken by the Kings County Recreation Group, with funding support from RBC, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, the Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Kings. The project uncovered insights on how to structure a successful after school program and on the types of programs that work well for engaging children in physical activity, and provides recommendations for funding and...
Video for parents explaining how physical literacy helps children to develop basic movement skills and promote brain development.
This US-based report looks at the importance of afterschool programs for rural populations, noting Five W’s of Afterschool in Rural Communities, Barriers to Afterschool Program Participation in Rural Communities - Affordability, Availability, Accessibility - various Promising Practices, and Recommendations.
This resource describes and summarizes research related to the Development of Physical Literacy and to the Action (Benefits) of Physical Literacy.
This resource summarizes four tools for physical literacy assessment and at how the different scales are used for different purposes.: Physical Literacy Assessment of Youth (PLAY) Tools - Sport for Life Passport for Life - PHE Canada Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL) - Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) FMS Tracker - 60 Minute Kids Club
Resources created to highlight the importance of outdoor play in the winter and to provide some fun ways to do so.  Learning Fundamental Movement Skills, such as sliding and gliding, and engaging in fun outdoor play in the snow are important elements to developing physical literacy in Canada. Video, 1.5 minutes, promotes the resource. 
This resource was developed through a collaborative effort between the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and Ever Active Schools. It was designed for the Out of School Time Conference held in Edmonton in June 2015 in response to blending physical literacy with homework help Promotional Video, 1 minute.
The Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association and the Be Fit For Life Network collaborated on this project to share traditional games with our partners in Alberta. The resources are designed to support the sharing of these games with children, youth, and families. The games in the resources link traditional culture and values to physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. Use these cards and lesson plans to communicate the history and culture of traditional games and note how the skills and values are still important today. Includes 1-minute video.
This session looks at in-person training developed by HIGH FIVE®, in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, to help supervisors be more informed and prepared to support staff to promote positive mental health among children in your programs. It explores ways to start the conversation about mental health within your own organization by reflecting on your own state of mind and learning about key concepts and factors that affect children’s mental health. A presentation from the 2016 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
With a growing awareness of the important role after school hours play in physical, mental and social development, programming for this crucial time is expanding. This session explores a new online tool that will assist in training, programming, problem solving and finding resources. It also looks at promising good practices and how on-the-ground service providers are ensuring quality and excellence in their after school programs. A presentation from the 2016 Parks and Recreation Ontario ONference After School Knowledge Exchange
Co-Presenters: Brandy Tanenbaum and Sarah Gallsworthy, Program Coordinators, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Each year, more Canadian children are injured falling out of their beds than falling out of a tree, yet we hear no call to ban bedroom furniture. By cocooning children indoors, over-programming them and leaving no time for free play and discovery, in one generation we have managed to eliminate the ability for children to negotiate their environment, make mistakes, learn and develop lifelong skills including resilience. What happens when young people have not learned to fall, to fail...
This hands-on session provides concrete examples of how to successfully include participants of all abilities in your program. Through a re-examination of how recreation and children’s services professionals view the concept of “special needs”, this session is based on the philosophy that all individuals have needs, not just those individuals who may have a disability. The concept is that what is necessary for some is good for all. The session provides training activities to help empower your frontline staff to think outside of the box as they work to make your programs as inclusive,...
When aligning physical literacy with literacy, we understand that progressions are required to develop competencies. Just as ABCs help us spell and write, fundamental movements of running, jumping and throwing, help us be more prepared to actively participate in the many programs and services our communities offer. This session will introduce the concept of physical literacy and provide examples of what it looks like in an after school setting. This session provides information and strategies to help seamlessly incorporate this approach and bring physical literacy to life in after school...
From Introduction to the Manual Purpose of the Manual: This manual provides instructors with the tools and knowledge required to teach physical literacy programs to children in Richmond.Goal of the Physical Literacy Program: Every child in Richmond from the ages of 2 to 12 years old will have the opportunity to develop both games literacy and physical literacy.Physical Literacy Definition: Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills that allow any person to be active for life in individual games, team games, sports and activities....