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If you have other questions about us or our Skills for Life programmes, please feel free to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions


All staff planning to deliver the programmes at your school or setting need to complete live online training and you need to purchase an annual subscription  to the programme(s) on the Skills for Life online teaching platform, which gives access to all teaching and learning materials. You may also choose to purchase printed resources to accompany the programme(s).

Subscription costs are based on the size of the whole school or setting.

In addition to your subscription the online teaching platform, you may also wish to buy printed materials to accompany the programme.

Yes! Our Skills for Life programmes can support the mental health and wellbeing of  vulnerable children  through whole class or group interventions. Young Carer Services, Virtual Schools, or other organisations working with vulnerable children who are interested in implementing our Skills for Life programmes should  contact us  to discuss further.

Yes! Read more about our work with English speaking international schools.

Yes - You can use our Zippy's Friends for SEND programme which was developed in 2013 - find out more

Check our map of international partners to see whether the programmes are already running where you are. The programmes have been run in over 30 countries and have already been translated into many languages. Have a look at our page for international partners if you are interested in partnering with us.

Partnership for Children is a UK registered charity that helps children to be mentally and emotionally healthy – just as exercise, good food and sleep help them to be physically healthy.

We have developed a range of well-evidenced programmes to help young children across the entire primary school age range to learn how to deal with difficulties, so that they will be better able to cope with problems and crises now and as teenagers and adults.

Zippy’s Friends is our flagship programme is based on the coping theory and has been evaluated and found to improve children’s coping skills, social skills, emotional literacy, improve the class climate and reduce bullying. Read about the evidence behind Zippy’s Friends and the impact the programme has had on children and teachers.

Zippy’s Friends is based around a series of stories and the programme has 24 sessions of 45 minutes. The activities and stories are suitable for children of all abilities. There are also Home Activities to reinforce learning at home with parents and carers.

You can download and print our free wellbeing activities for early years, primary school children and families. The children's activities are designed to help children process feelings, communicate effectively, cope with their anxieties and difficulties and deal with change and loss.

The free kids activities:

  • Can be downloaded or done with pen and paper
  • Designed for children aged three to nine and can be adapted for younger or older children and children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities
  • Include instructions for adults to complete with children

We have developed a selection of play-based activities to promote young children's social and emotional development and wellbeing.

The Skills for Life programmes have been extensively evaluated - have a look at the evidence and impact here.

As the need for effective mental health promotion in children is more important than ever we have launched our Skills for Life as a Whole School Approach to Wellbeing Resource which has been created to provide schools with practical advice and resources to embed the Skills for Life programmes effectively as a whole school approach to emotional health and mental wellbeing.