What is PLAYparent?

PLAYparent is a form used by a parent to determine their perception of their child’s level of physical literacy. It includes questions about the child’s ability, confidence, participation and more.

To simplify things, we’ve broken down PLAYparent into five subsections:

1. Physical Literacy VAS
2. Cognitive Domain
3. Environment
4. Motor Competence
a.  Locomotor
b.  Object Control
5. Fitness

Who can use PLAYparent?

PLAYparent should be filled out by a parent of a child aged seven and up. This assessment provides one perspective of a child’s level of physical literacy, while the other PLAY tools provide perspectives from trained professionals and others. This information can help identify positive and negative factors that affect the child’s ability to live an active lifestyle.

As a parent:Use PLAYparent in conjunction with the PLAY tools used by trained professionals to create a baseline assessment of your child’s current level of physical literacy. Parents, trained professionals and others can then use the baseline to create goals for each child and track improvement. You and your child should mutually establish realistic goals (where the child wants to be) and a manageable process to reach them.

As a coach, physiotherapist, athletic therapist, exercise professional or recreation professional: Ask parents to fill out PLAYparent so you can gain extra insight into each child’s current level of physical literacy. Parents can often provide information about their child’s abilities outside of your activity.


  1. Read through the PLAYparent Form and answer each question with the help of the PLAYparent Workbook

  2. Score your form with the help of the PLAYparent Score Sheet located at the back of the workbook

  3. Take action: review the list of calls-to-action in your PLAYparent Workbook or on the registered side of our website.

  4. Remember to use the PLAYparent tool along with the other PLAY tools to see all perspectives of your child’s level of physical literacy


  • Each question refers to your perception of the child
  • There are no right or wrong answers
  • There is no need for measuring – simply give your best estimate for each question
  • If you don’t know, don’t answer

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