Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (P.A.L.S.)

A Peel Health Program

Schools can implement the P.A.L.S. program using the resources available on this page.

What is P.A.L.S?

P.A.L.S. is a peer-led playground leadership program that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, size, or ability.

How can P.A.L.S. make a difference at your school?

The PALS program will benefit your students by:

  • Increasing their physical activity on the playground.
  • Decreasing conflict and reducing playground bullying.
  • Providing leadership opportunities and building Developmental Assets® for students.

Who developed the P.A.L.S. program?

  • P.A.L.S. was created by Region of Peel Public Health Department in 2003.
  • Halton Region adapted the program to support comprehensive bullying prevention, physical activity and youth engagement initiatives in Halton schools.
  • Developmental Assets® have been added to the program to enhance student skills, experiences, relationships and behaviours that will enable young people to develop into healthy individuals.

What staff supports do you need to implement the program?

In order to implement the PALS program, you will need to recruit:

  • 2-3 school staff to supervise the program and train student leaders.
  • students in grades 4 - 6 to act as playground activity leaders for younger students during recess breaks.

How do I access the P.A.L.S. resources?

  • The P.A.L.S. program consists of several documents, all of which are available below for downloading.
  • Permission is granted by Halton Region for the printing of these documents.

Program overview

  • Program Overview (PDF file) – Provides an introduction to and summary of the P.A.L.S. Program and the eight steps for implementation.

Supervisor materials

Student leader materials

Games and safety

  • Games Book (PDF file) – A collection of playground games (i.e. skipping, ball games) compiled by staff at Halton District School Board and Halton Health Department to be used by P.A.L.S. Supervisors and Student Leaders.
  • Games Book (Games Ring Format) (PDF file) – This version of the Games Book has been formatted to allow P.A.L.S. Supervisors to laminate the pages and cut them in half to create weather-resistant flashcards or a games ring. (Note: Printing the document once will produce two copies of the Games Book).
  • Equipment List (PDF file) – A list of all equipment required for every game included in the Games Book.
  • Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines (external PDF file) – Guidelines developed by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Associations. This resource can be used as a reference to ensure safety on the playground (please also follow your school’s safety guidelines).

Program feedback

Additional resources

Bullying Prevention

Developmental Assets®

Youth engagement

Funding opportunities

References