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The best way to play

HIGH FIVE® is Canada's quality standard for recreation and leisure programs. It was founded in 2001 by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) as a national standard for children’s recreation programs.

HIGH FIVE not only provides recreation professionals with training, but also gives organizations program assessment tools, policies and procedures, and resources to raise awareness about the component parts of operating successful programs. Since then, the standard has evolved to include training on several of other factors including mental health, competitive sport programs, and healthy aging.

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Get Trained

HIGH FIVE® training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children's programs in the sport and recreation industry. Several municipalities, non for profit organizations and service providers either require or recommend HIGH FIVE certification for employment.

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Communicating with Empathy
This in-person training module provides techniques and tips to help front line leaders navigate communication with children, parent/caregivers, co-workers and supervisors. You will leard to understand and practice the principles of empathetic listening and communication.

Healthy Minds for Healthy Children
Healthy Minds for Healthy Children is a 1-hour online training and downloadable resource to help those working with children positively influence their mental health. This training is available complimentary only after completing HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development or HIGH FIVE Sport. 

HIGH FIVE Sport
HIGH FIVE sport is a 4-hour on-demand training that helps coaches understand healthy child development, what motivates children to participate in sport, and what strategies help them want to continue to play. 

Introduction Conflict Resolution
Introduction Conflict Resolution provides new strategies for conflict resolution developed by HIGH FIVE. This is a 1 -hour online training session which grants learners access to the HIGH FIVE Database to download additional resources. The pre-requisites for this course is PHCD 4-hour or HIGH FIVE Sport. 

PHA QUEST 1
This online training will help supervisors and managers assess, develop, measure and adopt older adult focused policies and procedures. Participants will be provided with sample policies and procedures in key risk areas including hiring, emergency management, program planning, and report tracking and learn how to adopt an older adult-centered approach to service delivery and operations to minimize risk. 

PHA QUEST 2
This online training provides an evidence-based approach to evaluating programming for older adults. Themes include: ageism, program planning, and the importance that physical literacy plays in sustained long-term health, increased social connectedness, improved general mental and physical well-being and a better quality of live. 

Principles of Health Child Development 4-hour 
The Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) is a 4-hour training that equips front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 4 to 12) with the tools to immediately enhance the quality of their programs. The training provides valuable information, resources, and techniques to ensure that child's social, emotional, and cognitive needs are met. 

PHCD QUEST 1
This 2-hour online training will help supervisors and managers assess, develop, measure and adopt child-focused policies and procedures. Participants will gain access to 86 policies and procedures in key risk areas including hiring, emergency management, program planning and report tracking. Leaners will identify how to use the evidence-based HIGH FIVE QUEST1 to adopt a child-centred approach to service delivery and operations to minimize risk. If there are areas where no policy or procedure exists, managers will have access to templates to develop them. 

PHCD QUEST 2
This training helps supervisors improve risk management in children's programs by leaning how to assess and measure quality wit the HIGH FIVE QUEST 2 Tool. Supervisors will use the QUEST 2 Tool, learn how to entre their data into the HIGH FIVE Database to track their organization's progress, and identify areas for improvement Students of this training will also learn how to debrief the results of the assessments with staff in a positive way and create a process for continuous improvement. PHCD Question 2 iw presented in two parts; an on-demand, online training a virtual live session to access the first part of your training. 

Planning Quality Programs
This in-person training module teaches participants how to crat an activity plan that reflects the HIGH FIVE Principles and 3 design guidelines. You will lean how to plan quality games and activities including how to modify and adapt activities. Learners will also have access to the HIGH FIVE Database to download additional resources and receive a took kit during training will become a resource you can refer to throughout their time working / volunteering i recreation programs. 

Principles of Healthy Aging (PHA) 
This one-day training provides insights into the unique needs of older adults when participating in recreation or leisure activities in municipal or retirement communities. It provides evidence-based approaches to improve the experience of participants by implementing the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging. Topics include ageism, program planning, and the importance that physical literacy plays in sustained long-term health, increased social connectedness, improved general mental and physical well-being and a better quality of life. 

Principles of Healthy Aging Trainer 
The Healthy Aging Trainer Training is designed for those responsible for training staff in a single organization or anyone interested in training recreation professionals on the Principles of Healthy Aging more broadly. PHA trainers believe deeply in the importance of quality programming for older adults and are interested in helping organizations make a commitment to continuous improvement in the area of healthy aging and training delivery. 

Strengthening Children's Mental Health 
This one-day in-person training, developed in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, will help anyone running children's programs be more informed and prepared to support their staff in promoting positive mental health in children. Participants will learn key concepts and factors that affect children's mental health including the impact of stress and environment on a child's ability to cope. This training will provide tools and suggested activities to use with staff to help improve their understanding and interactions with children who face challenges in their programs. 

Strengthening Children's Mental Health Trainer
This one-day training is designed for the person responsible for training staff in an organization or community setting. Using the latest evidence based research, knowledge and resources this experienced facilitator will be able to deliver Strengthening Children's Mental Health training, a new training developed with the Canadian Mental health Association, Ontario being offered by HIGH FIVE> It builds on an organization's commitment to continuous improvement in the area of healthy child development and training delivery. Topics include key concepts related to children's mental health, strategies to help staff promote positive mental health, understanding the effects of stress and environment, and responding appropriately to mental health conditions in children. 
 

 

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Click HERE to learn more about any of the HIGH FIVE training programs


New Brunswick residents please contact: j.emery@recreationnb.ca

Other Canadian provinces please contact: info@HIGHFIVE.org

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