Quality Policies and Procedures

Through optimizing policies and procedures you can encourage quality programming. Consider this the foundation of your program - this is how you ensure you are providing a safe environment in which positive experiences can occur.

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Best Practices

This tool can help ensure that your policies and procedures are coherent and comprehensive.  

Inclusiveness, Adaptations and Identification of Various Needs: Policy
This YMCA policy works toward providing "an inclusive program that attempts to allow all children to participate fully in our program."


Outdoor Play:

  • ParticipACTION Postion Statement on Outdoor Play (2015)
    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.
  • YMCA Health and Illness Policy
    This policy includes information on participants engaging in outdoor play after illness

LET THEM PLAY: Lessons in After School Program Quality
Discover 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 find recommendations for funding and policies related to after school programs going forward.

Play It Fair! Educational Toolkit
Play It Fair! is an easy to use educational Toolkit developed to promote human rights, non-discrimination and peaceful conflict resolution within non-formal education programs for children, such as summer camps or after school activities.

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