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Play Leadership Training ensures that Play Leaders have the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and coordinate safe, accessible and enjoyable play opportunities for children. The training consists of 5 modules, each dealing with a core competency for the Play Leader:

  • Working with your Community

  • Engaging all Children

  • Playing with Children

  • Planning for Play

  • Developing your Skills

Upon Completion of the Play Leadership Course, Leaders will:

  • Understand the requirements to support the aims and goals of their community recreation program.

  • Have the knowledge required to coordinate safe and accessible play opportunities.

  • Develop strategies to address the diversity of cultural, behavioural, physical and personal needs that children possess.

  • Have the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and coordinate free, creative and active play opportunities.

  • Recognize and model the characteristics of a successful Play Leader.

Program Curriculum Revision

In 2015, Play Leadership underwent a curriculum review. As of 2016, all Play Leadership courses will be facilitated with updated materials. Course updates include:

  • Play Leadership is offered as a supplemental workshop to the HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) training – or all participants must be previously trained in PHCD.

  • Recommended that PHCD and Play Leadership training are offered over a 2-day span – and all participants would receive duel certification. All current Play Mentors are also HIGH FIVE® Trainers.

  • Although recommended for employment, Play Leaders are no longer required to prove their certification in CPR and First Aid (Level C).

  • Recommended that learners are a minimum of 16 years of age, but 14 and 15 year olds are eligible to attend. For a community to hire a 14 or 15 year old staff member, the potential employee must pass the Young Works Readiness Certificate Course and parents must provide consent.

  • A Community Programming Manual will be provided to communities who train and hire Play Leaders.

Organizing a Play Leadership Course

  • Step 1: Contact and coordinate a Play Mentor to facilitate the Course – ensure to include HIGH FIVE Training if participants have not taken the course.

    • Play Mentor Contact Information: Download

  • Step 2: Determine a date, time and location

  • Step 3: Register the course with SPRA at least a month prior to course date

  • Step 4: Market the course to potential participants

  • Step 5: Order manuals at least two weeks in advance of the course.

    • Play Leadership Manual Order Form: Download

Program Contact

Kelsey Michaluk


SPRA Consultant - Youth Engagement
(306) 780-9219