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Healthy Child Development 

Principles from an agency in Canada, High Five

The High 5 have been presented and incorporated into the teaching experience and associated courses. The goal is to provide swimming teachers with the tools necessary to teach safely, effectively and enjoyable for the overall benefit of the child. 

This program was an optional course. Some programs took it on board and others did not. The program has been offered to all types of groups in Canada for kids at camps to day care setting.

Since it was developed, many other groups and agencies have come up with their own version.

Further investigation necessary into

  • Minimum coaching standards, and
  • Safe Sport.

Child development content has a place in sport and programs that are working with children. Its like having a Gold Approval for standards and processes. Minimum standards for safety and quality.

Some options are available across Canada.

Safe Sport too.

Addressing SAFE SPORT within the teachers education is prudent and should be included in the suite of offerings.

New module, SAFE SPORT AWARENESS due for version 3.0 or later. 

New Zealand's SPARC Push - Play

A sweet set of resources for child development and movement has been developed in New Zealand that are well tied to water-based activities. 

SPARC Push-Play has 14 activity guides for kids under the age of five.

Introduction to Active Movement from SPARC, Sport & Recreation New Zealand is a module that had been supported by the Heart Foundation of Our Nation. National Heart Foundation. 

These resources from New Zealand are available, but the rights to include them have not yet been secured.

Human Kinetics Publishers

HKP must have content too. But, it could be expensive to license? 

Facts of Modern Times

Adolescents are dealing with higher rates of anxiety, depression, stress, and addictive internet behaviors.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that children between the ages of 5 and 11 visiting an emergency department because of a mental health crisis increased 24 percent from April through October of 2020 compared to the previous year. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, the number increased by 31 percent.  

Suicide attempts among 12- to 17-year-old girls increased by about 50 percent over winter 2019, according to the CDC.

And these numbers are probably under reported since these increases took place at the height of a pandemic when many people were hesitant to seek medical attention.  

As usual, the place where these issues are most visible is our public schools

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