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What is PACE?

PACE (Physically Active Children Excel) is a community play-based physical movement program for children from diverse backgrounds, ages 4-7 years. PACE provides opportunities for children to develop basic movement patterns, and gain confidence in their physical, social and cognitive abilities.


The PACE program is to provide young children from diverse background opportunity to develop their basic movement skills and become confident, life long movers through a fun, play-based learning environment.

Values and Principles:

Physical Literacy:

Children will begin to understand the importance of movement, and develop the confidence and self assurance to engage in physical activity across their life span.

Capacity Approach:

Children will understand better 'what they can do' and utilize their physical capacities to support their daily activities.


Children will have increased opportunities at school and in their communities to reach their full potential.

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How is the PACE program structured?

  • PACE is offered on Thursday mornings (10:30am-11:45am) at Mount Saint Vincent University.
  • PACE utilizes the Active Start framework designed by Canadian Sport for Life. Active Start focuses on teaching young children's                                               basic movement skills through play-based learning.
  • PACE is delivered by Mount students.
  • All students are trained and have certification in Active Start, NCCP certified.
  • The ratio of children to instructors is 2:1.
  • PACE also incorporates adaptive physical education practices to help children succeed in the learning setting.

Volunteer Opportunity

PACE is an excellent hands-on volunteer opportunity for you to learn about movement education and gain experience working with

young children from our community. We are currently looking for student volunteers for the academic year 2018-2019.

To volunteer you will need to:

- participate in a  four hour training workshop that will give you NCCP certification in Active Start developed by Canadian Sport for Life.

- complete a child abuse registry check. 

If you are a MOUNT student and would like to volunteer with PACE please contact Sarah Reddington.

Click HERE for additional details on PACE.

Recent Release: Let's Get Moving Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia provincial government recently released the Let's Get Moving Nova Scotia campaign to encourage all Nova Scotians to move

more. Goal 2 of the campaign addresses the importance of providing access to movement programs for children in the Pre-Primary Years. Goal 2

similarly states the need to "help early childhood educators enhance their skills and knowledge about physical activity, outdoor play, and physical

literacy" (p.3).  Our PACE program supports this recent provincial initiative. Find more details on the Let's Get Moving Campaign here.

Contact Us:

For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Reddington, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Youth Study, at

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