highfive_small web_colRecreation and sport activities make a significant contribution to how children develop – both physically and mentally. HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12.

HIGH FIVE® assists children along the path of healthy development by:

  • ensuring that recreation and sport practitioners develop a high level of knowledge and expertise in child development;
  • helping parents to make informed choices; and
  • providing practitioners with the tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality.

Our belief is that all children deserve to have sport and recreation experiences that support their healthy development. HIGH FIVE® ensures that children’s programs offer the highest quality mental, social and physical skill sets and life experiences. It provides instructors, coaches and leaders working with children aged 6 to12 with the expertise in learning patterns, physical and social stressors as well as developmental needs.

HIGH FIVE® training, tools, resources and its Accreditation process help many organizations across the country deliver positive child-centered programs. Implementing HIGH FIVE® training and embedding its key ingredients into an organization’s operating practices demonstrates a commitment to children’s physical and mental health.

HIGH FIVE® National is a division of Parks and Recreation Ontario. Its training in the Principles of Healthy Child Development is implemented by hundreds of organizations across Canada. In Nunavut, summer staff at the City of Iqaluit and Hamlet of Kugluktuk Recreation Departments are all HIGH FIVE® -trained.

Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut will put out a call for training hosting in the spring of each year.

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