For Immediate Release
Kenora Recreation Centre Staff Complete HIGH FIVE® Training for Children’s Programming
Kenora, ON – In October 2017, two staff members of the Kenora Recreation Centre, Casey Pyykka, Community Liaison Coordinator, and Crystal Stokes, Aquatic Facilitator, attended a three day training clinic offered by HIGH FIVE. This unique training focuses on child development and creating positive active experiences for children.
“Incorporating the HIGH FIVE Principles into our programs ensures that our programming is planned and delivered with a Child First focus,” says Casey Pyykka.
Crystal Stokes adds, “We now have a quality assurance standard to apply to our programs that gives parents and caregivers the peace of mind in knowing their children are engaging in recreation programs that focus on the elements of Friendship, Participation, Mastery and Play, while in the presence of a Caring Adult”.
Crystal and Casey have achieved the status of Trainer in two of HIGH FIVE’s programs – Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD), and QUEST 2. In 2016 the Senior Aquatics Staff obtained their PHCD Certificates and in January 2018, an in-house training session took place for all student aquatics staff, picture below. It is also planned that summer staff and other day camp leaders will receive the same training on this innovative approach.
For the community, Crystal and Casey plan to host training sessions for organizations or groups involved with children’s sports and recreation. Watch for advertisements on social media and Kenora.ca on upcoming sessions. Interested organizations may contact Casey or Crystal directly to make arrangements also.
About HIGH FIVE
HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs and holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that our research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids.
• A Caring Adult
HIGH FIVE’s unique and proprietary approach is built on a Quality Framework, consisting of:
• Training and Development for staff
• Program Assessments using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 Tool
• Establishing Policies and Procedures to manage risk
• Creating Awareness of high quality programs for kids
HIGH FIVE provides an evidence-based approach to positive experiences for kids, empowering them to excel in life.
Kenora Recreation Centre student aquatics staff show off their HIGH FIVE training certificates.
Casey Pyykka, Community Liaison Coordinator
Crystal Stokes, Aquatic Facilitator