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 Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)
  2. Cognitive Domain
  3. Motor Competence
    • Locomotor
    • Object Control
  4. Environment
  5. Fitness

Who can use PLAYparent?

PLAYparent should be filled out by a parent of a child aged five and up. This provides a 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 coaches, exercise professionals and others to create a baseline of your child’s current level of physical literacy. Use the baseline to create goals for each child and track improvement. It’s important that you and your child agree upon and 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 and answer each question with the help of the PLAYparent workbook.
  2. Score your form with the help of the PLAYparent tracking sheet located at the back of the workbook.
  3. Take Action: Review the list of ways to take action in your PLAYparent workbook.
  4. Remember to use the PLAYparent tool along with the other PLAY Tools to see all perspectives of the child’s level of physical literacy.

Additional Information


  • 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.