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School - P.A.L.S.
Playground Activity Leaders in Schools

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If your school is interested in P.A.L.S., please contact the Public Health Nurse (PHN) in your area. If you do not know your school’s PHN, please email pals@healthunit.org.

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Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (P.A.L.S.) is a playground leadership program developed by the Region of Peel Public Health and adapted by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. This program encourages all children to participate in activities at recess regardless of their gender, size or ability. The motto is “there is always room for one more”.


The objectives of implementing the program in Leeds Grenville and Lanark area are to:

  • increase physical activity
  • decrease conflict and reduce the incidence of playground bullying
  • provide leadership opportunities for students
  • build mentoring relationships between older and younger students

Public Health Nurses work with school staff and student leaders to implement and sustain the program. School staff are identified to coordinate and supervise the program in their school throughout the year. Students in grades four to six are recruited, engaged, and trained to act as Playground Activity Leaders for younger students. These students plan and lead fun, safe activities on the playground.

The P.A.L.S. student leader training is approximately three to four hours. Some schools choose to do this in one full day session, divide it into two sessions, or multiple smaller sessions. During this training, student leaders are provided with the opportunity to learn and practice:

  • playground safety
  • the qualities of a leader and different leadership styles
  • communication skills
  • how to lead games in a collaborative and inclusive way
  • conflict resolution skills

Resources to support the program include (Only available to schools in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties):

  • Supervisor Handbook: This handbook is intended for the P.A.L.S. supervisor(s) at the school. It includes information on their responsibilities, recruiting and selecting leaders, student leader training, scheduling, launching and sustaining the program. Hard copies of this handbook are provided by the Public Health Nurse.

  • Leader Handbook: This handbook is intended for the P.A.L.S. student leaders at the school. It is used to support the student training session and includes information and activities on: being a leader, communication styles, bullying, conflict resolution, and fair play. Hard copies of this handbook are provided by the Public Health Nurse.

  • P.A.L.S. Games Book: This book contains a variety of games (e.g. games of tag, ball, skipping, clapping) for the playground. Hard copies of this handbook are provided by the Public Health Nurse.

  • A kit of equipment: A kit will be provided to schools who will be implementing the program for the first time.

  • Local ideas for a successful P.A.L.S. program

  • Resources created by local schools

  • Sample Agenda for Student Leader Training

  • Videos: The Bully Dance

  • Celebration Ideas



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