What is HIGH FIVE®?
HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only comprehensive quality Standard for children’s sport and recreation. Founded in 2001 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, HIGH FIVE® offers a holistic approach to healthy child development. HIGH FIVE® maintains a vision that all children experience healthy child development through sustained involvement in quality sport, recreation and physical activities.
HIGH FIVE® empowers organizations to provide the best possible experiences for children in their programs through the active application of Five Principles of healthy child development that research indicates are essential for quality programs.
These Principles are:
A Caring Adult
Why is HIGH FIVE® beneficial?
Through the use of HIGH FIVE® tools, like QUEST 2, quality becomes measurable, quantifiable and attainable. Staff can identify areas for improvement with confidence, program satisfaction is increased, and as an organization, we can enjoy the benefits of meeting an increasing demand for quality assurance certification.
HIGH FIVE®’s approach is built on a quality framework, consisting of:
Training and Development for staff working in children’s sport and recreation
Establishing Policies and Procedures to manage risk through QUEST 1
Program Assessments using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 Tool
Creating Awareness for parents of the benefits of high quality programs for kids
Each component of the Quality Framework works proactively with the rest to create an all-encompassing strategy of quality assurance which, when implemented consistently over time, has been proven to ensure that children ages 6 to 12 have positive experiences in programs. This has the tangible outcome of retaining the child’s interest in remaining active.
For more information about HIGH FIVE, visit the HIGH FIVE® website.