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The Nova Scotia Before-and-After Program is a partnership between The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and the Department of Communities, Cultures and Heritage (CCH). The program is supportive of the Nova Scotia’s Let’s Get Moving Action Plan as wall as Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework and is guided by the following...

SickKids, MCFST and researchers from FIFSW have released a Call to Action - as Ontario begins to rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate action needs to be taken to prioritize children's optimal health and development. Ontario cannot afford to ignore the increasing consequences of pandemic restrictions on the health and well-being...

Des Sciences Dehors is a French resource for teaching science outdoors from preschool to secondary school. This resources includes an activity bank, scientific articles, videos, links to other websites, and a contribution section so that the bank may continue to expand and stay relevant. This resource is developed by and for people who are passionate...

Enseigner Dehors is a French resource that aims to equip school staff (for both elementary and secondary schools) in bringing learning outdoors. The resource includes a guide with tips & tricks, an activity bank, guidance on how to set-up outdoor learning environments, a toolbox with videos & links to other organizations, as well as a...

The Table sur le Mode de Vie Physiquement Actif (TMVPA) aims to support early motor development and diversified physical activity of children. To this end, the TMVPA has created a resource for stakeholders in childcare, schools, municipalities, and community organizations to use to develop a common and integrated language. This resource includes video clips, brochures,...

The City of Burlington designed the Play Street program to empower residents to come together and promote community play. The program provides neighbourhoods the opportunity for weekly, local street closures to encourage the use of streets for safe, active play, social interaction, and to provide public space to play where parks and private yard space...

Frontier College Summer Literacy Camps is a play-based learning partnership with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) communities across Canada. Each camp is unique, reflecting the identity, diversity, and priorities of the partner community. Camp programming is designed to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Camp is a community-wide event, featuring participation from parents, Elders,...

In 2017, Peterborough Public Health undertook an extensive review of evidence related to outdoor playspaces for children in response to an observed increase in playground injury rates in Peterborough compared to the rest of the province. The review focuses on evidence related to the benefits of outdoor play, safety and risk, injury prevention, physical activity,...

Le Projet Alex, launched by Association québécoise des CPE, is an initiative to support early childhood education services in bringing learning outdoors and exploring education by and through nature. Included as part of this initiative is a Frame of References document that lays the foundation for nature-based education in Quebec, which includes research highlights, their...

The PLEY (Physical Literacy and the Early Years) Project focused on improving physical literacy, physical activity and active outdoor play in Nova Scotia preschoolers through the integration of loose parts. Main findings of this project were summarized in a public-facing report and published in research-grade journals, were shared at the Summer of PLEY event in...