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Optimal experience and inclusion

  • Optimal Experience

    Our goal is to ensure each participant:

    • feels welcome and comfortable
    • is safe
    • is engaged in activities
    • is enjoying their experience

    We understand the optimal experience may not be achieved for everyone at all times. Creating opportunities to learn from mistakes and experiences is part of the process. We facilitate learning opportunities for participants throughout the program who need support in reaching our desired experience. 

  • Inclusion

    Everyone is welcome. We create environments where people are mindful of numerous forms of difference. This is achieved by considering and respecting each individual's:

    • sexual orientation
    • gender identity
    • socio-economic status
    • race
    • culture
    • ethnicity
    • religion
    • age
    • learning styles
    • level of abilities

Behaviour modification

Everyone learns and develops at different rates. We strive to positively contribute to the development of each individual by helping them learn from their experiences.

When a child displays disruptive or undesirable behavior, we lead. Our team helps the participant understand how to modify their behavior to ensure everyone is safe and having fun.

  • Undesirable behaviour

    Undesirable behaviours include:

  • Strategies to modify

    We attempt to discover what might be the cause of a participant's behaviour and incorporate their needs into our solutions. We strive to achieve this by:

Managing change in behaviour

Once we establish a plan to modify the behaviour, our team will ensure it is reinforced. We strive to be patient, consistent and fair with our assessment. Progress is a good thing. We acknowledge successive approximation towards desirable behaviour and continue to assist in their development.

  • Consequences

    Reactions, both positive and negative, are consequences. Consequences are intended to reinforce/change behavior and should not be morally, physically or emotionally damaging.

    Types of consequences include:

  • Engaging Parents

    You know your child best. Our team may connect with you to discuss your child’s behavior when:

Removal from programs

Our goal is to ensure the behaviour of one person doesn’t negatively affect the experience of other participants. We believe in learning from our experiences and that everyone should be given opportunity to make changes to behaviour. In the event the leadership team feels a participant is not able or willing to improve undesirable behaviour, they may be removed from the programs. 

Health care

Understanding the unique health needs of each participant is critical to our ability to provide proper care. Prior to the program beginning, families have the opportunity to share personal information with us to ensure we are able to care for participants during the programs.

Specifically it is helpful for us to learn about unique health needs during both typical and physical activity settings.


Any medication indicated on the participants personal information form will be required to be present at all times while attending programs. Participants who report to the program without associated medication may be asked to sit out of activities until it arrives. 

Leaders are responsible for carrying the medication for all participants 11 years of age and younger. Participants who are 12 years of age and older have the option to carry their own medication with them. We ensure medication is readily available when necessary and passed among our team during staff transition times.

Allergy aware environment

We do our best to create an environment that is allergy aware but due to the size and diversity of the university we cannot guarantee that all spaces will be free of your child’s allergens. 

Participants are expected to bring food that does not include nuts. Nut replacement products such as Wowbutter are not permitted as they can be difficult for children with allergies to identify form a safe distance. In the event of a severe food allergy in your child’s group, you may be expected to avoid additional foods or ingredients.

In the event nut foods or foods that may trigger an allergy in others, we:

Inclusion Support

Having unique needs is not unique. We understand that everyone has preferences, needs and may require some form of accommodation in order to be most successful.

Prior to their arrival to the program, families are provided the opportunity to identify and share any needs that are important to their child’s success while attending our programming.

Who am I

Who am I form

In order to better understand the needs of each individual, families are required to complete our 'who am I' form. The form is designed to provide us with important information such as their:

Common needs

Awareness and understanding of each individual’s needs is critical in our preparation.  Common special needs shared by families are:

  • Our environment

    Our environment is energetic and fast-paced. Our days are full of activities. Participants will likely have a new location and activity every hour and adaptations every 15 to 20 minutes. Activities are dynamic and participants often engage in groups.

  • Will my child succeed?

    If you believe your child will not be successful participating with a group of children of similar chronological age in this environment for at least 60 per cent of the day, then Mini U might not be the best fit. To discuss your child and our programs, connect with us: mini.u@umanitoba.ca

One on One Support

  • Accommodations

    Our leadership team discusses the needs and prepares accommodations for each individual. Our support leaders are responsible for identifying, creating and executing accommodation throughout their experience. We make every effort to be fully inclusive but do have some limitations in providing an experience for all children. Once we receive your Who Am I Form we may need to discuss if and how we can best care for your child.

  • Inclusion Support

    Prior to their arrival, families identify if their child requires one-on-one inclusion support from a leader to be successful in our environment and programming. 

    Participants who require additional support as part of their experience can:

    • bring a support leader.
    • request a Mini U support leader.

    Avenues for funding for an inclusion leader can be found below and staffing resources are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    Please reach out to us mini.u@umanitoba.ca asap for support in coordinating program registration and inclusion leader availability.

    Inclusion leaders are available for our summer programs only.

Requesting One on One Support

Inclusion support leaders are funded in one of three ways:

  • 1. Mini U funded

    Mini U funded support leaders are available each week of our summer programs for children who do not have funding through any other agency. Each child may request a maximum of two weeks of support per summer at no additional cost.

    These inclusion leader spaces are available for online registration and can be added to your cart at the time of program registration. 

  • 2. Family funded

    A limited number of inclusion leaders are available to families who wish to pay for the cost of the employee. This option is available to anyone who feels their child’s experience would be more successful with the support of a one-on-one leader. 

    These inclusion leader spaces are available for online registration and can be added to your cart at the time of program registration. 

    2024 Fee: $661 / week ($528.71 for short week)

  • 3. Children's disAbility Services funded

    Support leaders may be available to those that qualify for funding for support through Children's disAbility Services. If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact your case manager at CDS.

    These inclusion leader spaces are available for online registration and can be added to your cart at the time of program registration. Written/ email confirmation from the case manager will be required to maintain the spot.

Registering for a support leader

All three options for support (Mini U funded, family funded, CDS funded) will be available through online registration. All spaces are allocated on first come first served basis.

Registration Information

Bringing external support

If you believe your child would be most successful with one on one support provided by another agency, or by someone you know from the community, we would be happy to welcome them. Guardians are not able to act as external support workers during our programs.


The Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation management understands that families with children with diverse needs often experience additional costs of living to accommodate required supports. We want to help. Apply for our subsidy to have a portion of your registration fees reduced. 

Subsidy program information


Ensuring the safety of each participant is a fundamental responsibility of our team.

  • Attendance and head counts

    Supervision of each participant is required at all times. Frequent tracking of attendance and head counts is an essential part ensuring our success. We track the participants under our care:

  • Facility

    The university is our playground. Our programs take place in various places and spaces on campus and within the surrounding community. Our role is to ensure that each space is safe prior to our using it.

    Annually, our Leadership Team:


Capturing moments helps us tell our story. Photos and videos are an important part of our business but not something that can be done without careful thought. In order to ensure we uphold the safety of our participants we:

  • Consent

    Prior to the first day of programming participants and/or their guardians have the option to agree or decline to our photography consent.

    This information is then shared with the Mini U Programs employees. Together we ensure their responses are upheld while under our supervision. 

  • Use of Images

    We love to tell our story. Images are used on our web site, advertising materials, social media and administrative materials (signs, manuals, internal documents). 

Protecting children

When a child’s life, health or emotional well-being is at risk by something a person does or fails to do, the child is in need of protection.

Our team understands what we are protecting participants from, how to identify potential issues and how we can offer support.

  • Types of abuse

    When an action, or failure to act, causes physical harm, could cause emotional disability or involves sexual activity, that is abuse. 

  • Identification: The Law

    We are required by law to report any suspicion or disclosure of abuse under Section 18 of the Child and Family Services Act of Manitoba. If we suspect anything, we keep a written record of all our observations and discussions.

    If our team suspects a child may not be safe, either because of the child’s behavior or someone else’s, we are responsible for reporting it to Child and Family Services.

  • Identification: Communication with families

    When our team has concerns about the safety of a participant, we will discuss them with the primary caregivers indicated on the ‘personal information form’ whenever it is safe to do so. If the concerns are associated with a primary caregiver, we will discuss them with Child Family Services. 

Emergency procedures and accidents

When accidents and emergencies occur, we are prepared to execute first aide and CPR skills and our emergency procedures.

  • Our team is annually trained on: 

  • Communication with parents

    We want parents/guardians to be properly informed.  It is important that a Mini U Programs employee share the related information. We share accident information by: