The Little Buddies Programme 3yrs - 6yrs

Little Buddies age 3yrs - 6yrs

Friends help give meaning to our lives, fulfil the need to belong, and provide support during tough time. They are pretty central to happiness and well being. Research has also shown that the better the quality of your relationships, the more likely you are to be happy.

The school and pre-school environment can be very stressful; in addition to any issues children bring from home, many struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, so we have built our Little Buddies Program around teaching kindness, friendship, empathy and compassion, using the Buddy Bench as a visual aid.

The Workshop

"Look Up, Look Around and Look Out for Each Other”
Buddy Bench Ireland
Happy Hub After School Cork City

When other kids are suffering— for example when a boy falls over and cuts his leg—can we understand how they might be feeling?

Kindness bridges that gap and helps build a sense of connection with other children, teachers, and even parents.

Buddy Bench Ireland
Little Buddies Bench

Buddy Bench Ireland
Little Buddies Bench

Using puppets, story and song we teach the ABCs of Little Buddies:

Awareness: Being aware of our feelings and how they change; if a child is feeling sad, alone or afraid, it's always good to share and talk about it.

Breath and Body: Children learn to use breathing to cultivate peace and quiet. Then they explore what emotion feels like in the body.

Caring: We teach kids to think about how others are feeling and cultivate kindness. When children perform an act of kindness, or benefit from one, they naturally "feel great".

Buddy Bench Ireland
Churchhill NS Kilkenny Little Buddies

Learning to strengthen attention and regulate emotions are foundational skills that could benefit children in school and throughout their whole lives.

Each child receives a copy of our beautifully illustrated interactive workbook featuring teaching story and fun, creative activities.

You can read along and join in the questions too!

Buddy Bench Ireland
"Kin" our Foxy Friend
The feedback from our programmes is very promising – we are currently completing an evaluation with the Mental Health Social Research Unit at NUI Maynooth. According to teachers’ ratings, children show more empathy and kindness and a greater ability to calm themselves down when they feel upset. Their social and emotional development has improved, the children showed improvement in the ability to think flexibly, and had cultivated the life skills that have been linked to health and success in later life.

Combined with the Buddy Bench as a visual tool in times of distress, the children were able to find comfort and support through each other rather than feeling upset and worried. It’s these small changes, spread across classrooms, that could make society more kind—and educate a new generation of more compassionate and connected adults.

To book us to come to your school and deliver any of our programmes or call us on (056) 7702027

1 comment:

  1. The little buddies programme sounds interesting and great to me. The way you are teaching them all the things, will surely make them understand all the mature things they need to.