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

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 so do the Summerside Boys & Girls Club among many other camps/clubs across the province.

HIGH FIVE PEI Training Opportunities

Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD)

This 4 hour 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: Friday, June 24 at Royalty Centre in Charlottetown, 10:00am-2:30pm
Cost: $55 +hst per person ($65+hst for non-members). Register early, maximum 25 participants.


Quest 2

This one-day training helps supervisors improve risk management in children’s programs by learning how to assess and measure quality with the HIGH FIVE scientifically validated QUEST 2 Tool. Supervisors will use the QUEST 2 Tool and learn how to enter their data into the HIGH FIVE Database to track their organization’s progress as well as identify areas of need. They will also learn how to debrief the results of the assessments with staff in a positive way.

Date and Location: TBD
Cost: $80 +hst per person ($87 +hst for non-members). Register early, maximum 10 participants.



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.

Date and Location : TBD
Cost: $55.00 per person


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.

Date and Location: TBD
Cost: $55 +hst per person ($65+hst for non-members). Register early, maximum 15 participants.