Importance of Quality Programming
In Recreation and Sport settings, children learn skills and values that last a lifetime:
- Fair play and justice
- Physical activity
- A love of the outdoors
- Artistic expression
Children who participate in quality recreation and sport programs gain:
When a child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met, they are more likely to have a positive experience. That’s why it is vital that leaders working with children aged 6 to 12 understand what those needs are and how they can be met using a child-centered approach.
Adults (parents, coaches and recreation leaders) sometimes forget why recreation and sport is important to children. Adults can get caught up in the desire; to win, to avoid risk or liability, to control every aspect of a child’s experience instead of letting them play spontaneously. When the needs of adults come before the needs of children, some of the benefits of recreation and sport can be lost.
Research shows there are many benefits to physical activity. But the physical activity experience must be a positive one, otherwise, the benefits get lost. For our programs to help children develop in all of these positive ways, they must strive to be of high quality.The quality of children’s experiences in recreation and sport settings help to shape how they will develop and what they will be like as adults.When a child-centered approach is used, quality can be defined as the extent to which a program meets the developmental needs of children. The HIGH FIVE training is designed to help recreation and sport leaders put children first.
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