Recreation 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 PEI, summer staff in the City of Charlottetown Parks and Recreation Department are HIGH FIVE® -trained, and it’s part of the curriculum for students in the Sport and Leisure Management Program at Holland College. UPEI’s Athletic Department also uses HIGH FIVE® training, and Program and Facility Director Janice Robertson believes that it’s a key component in providing top quality experiences as part of their children’s athletic and camp programs. Ms. Robertson comments, “All of our staff feel more prepared to work with children and their individual needs. Through HIGH FIVE®, we have been able to make a positive difference in children’s lives ensuring each child’s uniqueness is met by focusing on a hands-on child-first approach, providing an enjoyable & fun experience for both the child and staff”.

HIGH FIVE PEI Training Opportunities

Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD)

This one-day workshop will help front-line leaders improve the quality of their programs. The target audience is anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 - i.e. recreation director/ leader, camp counselor, coach, swim instructor, Scout or Guide leader, Boys and Girls Club leaders. It provides in depth training in the HIGH FIVE® principles of healthy child development so front-line leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members. This course is a pre-requisite for becoming a HIGH FIVE Trainer or HIGH FIVE Sport Trainer.

Date and Location: TBA
Cost: $45.00 per person. Register early, maximum 24 participants.

To enquire about  HIGH FIVE PHCD Training:
Please contact information Recreation PEI.
Tel: 902-368-5964. Fax: 902-368-4548. Email: Click Here



HIGH FIVE® Sport is a 4.5 hour workshop designed for coaches who work with children aged 6 to 12. Aligned with the Fundamentals and Learn to Train stages of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), HIGH FIVE® Sport focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive development and well being of athletes. The training is based in research and has been designed to help coaches with top coaching dilemmas such as: interacting with parents, keeping the child's interest, and ensuring fair play and an emotionally safe environment. This training is valuable to any coach, sport leader, or volunteer providing direct leadership to children 6 to 12 yrs.

Location, Date and Time : TBA
Cost: $45.00 per person.

To Enquire about HIGH FIVE Sport Training
Please contact Recreation PEI at
Tel: 902-368-5964. Fax: 902-368-4548. Email: Click Here