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Physical Literacy

At Play in Peel, we help educators and parents improve children’s physical literacy so they can be active for life. 

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Physical literacy helps children stay healthy, improve their emotional well-being, and develop their cognitive abilities.

Physical Literacy Is...



Physical Competence

Knowledge & Understanding

Our Audiences

Educators, Parents and Caregivers to children ages 0-12

Early Childhood Educators

ECEs and Early Years Educators


Teachers from JK to Grade 8

Recreation Leaders

Sports and Recreation Leaders

PLCN Members

Members of Peel’s Physical Literacy Champions’ Network

Parents & Caregivers

Parents and caregivers of children in Peel


Newcomers to Canada

Canada’s inactivity crisis is leading to alarming health outcomes for children:

Only about one-third of Canadian children possess a basic level of physical literacy to allow them to engage in a variety of physical activities. (1)
1 out of 3 children
Only 4.8% of children and 0.8% of youth are meeting the Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines. (2)
Only 38% of 5 to 17-year-olds are meeting the recommended screen time guidelines 3 (62% of children and youth are exceeding recommended screen time.) (3)
38% of 15-17 year olds
1.Tremblay, M.S., Longmuir, P.E., Barnes, J.D. et al. Physical literacy levels of Canadian children aged 8–12 years: descriptive and normative results from the RBC Learn to Play–CAPL project. BMC Public Health 18, 1036 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5891-x
2.Moore, S.A., Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R.E. et al. Impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on movement and play behaviours of Canadian children and youth: a national survey. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 17, 85 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-00987-8
3.Children and Youth Physical Activity. (2018). Canadian Health Measures Survey 2016-2017 [custom analysis]. Statistics Canada. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190417/dq190417g-eng.htm


To address this crisis of inactivity, Play in Peel helps educators and parents engage children in quality movement and physical activity experiences. By sharing our learning with you, we hope to improve children’s physical literacy and positively impact their health and well-being.

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Meet Cathy

Physical Literacy is contagious, share it!

Upon receiving physical literacy (PL) training from Peel’s Physical Literacy Champions’ Network, I was able to mentor my fellow ECEs on the importance of incorporating PL into their daily programs.

I shared wonderful resources like videos, posters, activity cards and demonstrations at staff training sessions.

ECEs are always looking for new activities that encourage the development of fundamental movement skills (FMS)!

We can help children build their FMS by…(READ MORE)