Zippy’s Friends is a programme that helps young children - five, six & seven year olds - to develop coping and social skills. It is currently running in primary schools and kindergartens in 11 countries.
The programme is being funded by the Department of Health, and is unusual in that school nurses are involved as well as teachers. The programme started with a small number of schools in just two areas, but is now being expanded. The National Directorate for Education and Training recommends the programme, and it has recently been included in the National Action Plan on Mental Health in Schools.Voksne for barn provides a variety of services to promote the wellbeing of children and adolescents.
More than 120,000 children have completed the programme so far, and the number is increasing every year. Zippy’s Friends is based on extensive research and has been evaluated in many countries. It has also been endorsed by the World Health Organisation and national governments.
This programme is developed in England.One of Norway’s leading children’s charities, Voksne for Barn (‘Adults for Children’), manages Zippys Venner in Norway.