Quality daily physical education (QDPE) in schools is essential to the healthy development of Canadian children and youth. QDPE provides an opportunity to reach virtually every child in Canada, regardless of gender, ability, socio-economic status. All children need and deserve quality, daily physical education - it is an essential part of childhood development.
QDPE is a well-planned physical education program for children in grades K-12 that is taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students on a daily basis throughout the entire school year. Find out what a QDPE program includes.
Why do we need QDPE?
- Children need the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they require to be physically active both within and outside of school, now and for life.
- Children need to develop skills in a variety of areas, and need to learn them in a sequential way with the opportunity to put learning into action.
- Those individuals charged with teaching physical education must believe in its importance, are enthusiastic about its delivery, and are qualified to teach an effective program.
- All elements of the physical education provincial curricula must be instructed so all children have the best possible opportunity to achieve the required outcomes.
- Children need the opportunity to be active on a daily basis.
What are the benefits of QDPE?
- Has a positive impact on behaviour and healthy lifestyles.
- Enhances academic performance.
- Improves mental health and contributes to a child's healthy growth and development.
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis and can significantly reduce present and future health care costs.
Important Concepts For Children To Learn:
1. Physical activity is fun! Every child, no matter his or her age, height, weight, natural abilities or skills, needs to learn that physical activity is fun and does not have to be competitive. While participation in sports is encouraged, children need to know that sports are not the only way to stay active. Not all children enjoy competition. For these children, physical activity alternatives such as walking to school, household chores, biking and other activities are essential.
2. Everyone needs physical activity to be healthy and strong!
3. Take a first step! Try something new!
4. Get moving! Children also need vigorous activity for healthy growth and development. This means activity that makes their hearts beat faster, makes them breathe deeper and causes their bodies to perspire.